Trans-Vaginal Carolina


Not a new state tech school, but a North Carolina bill like Virginia’s that, I admit, went right by me. Just heard about this one this morning.

WRAL, February 27:

North Carolina’s ultrasound law, passed last year over the governor’s veto, didn’t provoke the same level of controversy. It doesn’t include the words “trans-vaginal probe,” either. But it effectively requires the procedure for many, if not most, abortions.

The new law requires an ultrasound before any abortion procedure. The woman has to be shown the image of the fetus, have the image described to her, and be offered the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.

Mother Jones, March 12:

North Carolina: This law passed in 2011 was pretty much exactly like Virginia’s, but as the local press pointed out, it didn’t get nearly as much attention because people weren’t talking about the “transvaginal” aspect. A federal judge ruled last October that doctors don’t have to show women the ultrasound image, at least.

You Hooligans need to keep me on my toes.


  1. Tom,

    I could make a really tasteless joke about trans-vaginal probes here…but I won’t.

    Because Vagina Jokes? They just aren’t funny. Period!

  2. Davyne Dial says:

    So a woman carrying a deceased fetus, must see the image, must listen for a missing heartbeat, etc., etc. All the while suffering the already heartbreaking news of the death. Boy now that’s real humane. Course she could always carry the dead fetus till the body naturally expells, but that’s not an easy thing to do. It wears on you to know the potential life is decaying. I’ve personally seen this happen in parochial states like Louisiana.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=6bf0c1cc1da34733&biw=1149&bih=751

  3. A. Chandler says:

    I volunteer at the only clinic in Asheville that preforms abortions. You should see the Jokes-4-Jesus that harass those women before they go in. They have a PA system they use to talk to the women and us volunteers, large ridiculous posters of bloody torn apart babies, and they walk on the property next door and take pictures of the women, of us, and of our license plates and cars. Many times they bring their children along with them to stand outside and “pray”. We even have one guy that comes regularly with a large horn of some kind he blows that looks like something out of The Ten Commandments movie. It would be funny if it weren’t so horrible for the patients.

    These women get harassed before they ever step in the door and then these anti-choice nutbags continually try to to add more layers of heartache and harassment once they get inside.

  4. mat catastrophe says:

    I’ve walked past those idiots on two separate occasions. It always reminds me of something a wise man once said to me: “Only a complete jackass harasses a pregnant woman.”

  5. Ascend of Asheville says:

    @A.Chandler, You, and now that I think about it, a lot of the other folks who come here and offer their thoughts, are why there is still hope for the world.
    Thank you.