‘Daily Show’ mocks Virginia’s ultrasound bill

February 22, 2012

Tuesday night it was Jon Stewart’s turn to mock Virginia for its ultrasound-before-abortion bill.


Television host Jon Stewart filming “The Daily Show.” (Brad Barket/AP)

“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).

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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