Tuesday night it was Jon Stewart’s turn to mock Virginia for its ultrasound-before-abortion bill.
Stewart played up the physically intrusive nature of the ultrasound. If performed in the early stages of pregnancy, when most abortions take place, an external ultrasound cannot pick up images of the fetus so a probe must be inserted into the woman’s vagina.
“The Daily Show” host discussed that aspect of the legislation before the General Assembly — complete with an image of the ultrasound probe — then ran audio, video and newspaper clips of ultrasound bill supporters speaking out against other forms of perceived government intrusion.
Full-body pat-downs at airports?
“I think that’s probably over the line with regard to peoples’ concerns about privacy and their civil liberties,” said Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), who in recent days has backed off his unconditional support of the ultrasound bill.
Requiring school-age girls to get immunized against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer?
“Government intrusion into health care,” said Del. Kathy J. Byron (R-Lynchburg).
Federal healthcare legislation?
“Forcible economic rape,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William).