Thursday, February 07, 2013

No, it's not about transvaginal ultrasounds and how the media is a tool of abortion advocates

MSNBC has an article by Aliyah Frumin on prolife legislation in Michigan which she claims "would essentially require all women seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound first." H.B. 4187 (which for some reason isn't linked to by Frumin) would require abortionists to perform an ultrasound at least 2 hours before an abortion and require them to use the "most technologically advanced ultrasound equipment available at that location." 

There's nothing in the bill requiring transvaginal ultrasounds.  Not a peep.  The only reason someone would think it was about transvaginal ultrasounds is because an abortion advocate claims it is.  The only reason an abortion advocate would claim it's about transvaginal ultrasounds is because it worked in Virginia.   

In Frumin's piece she dismisses the obvious truth that it's not about transvaginal ultrasounds because an aide to sponsor of the bill said it was.
Now, while the bill doesn't explicitly say "transvaginal"ultrasound, an aide to Republican state Rep. Joel Johnson—who introduced the legislation—has previously confirmed that the procedure would be required.
Hmmm.... Really? He did. He confirmed it would require a transvaginal ultrasound?

Frumin links to this story in Raw Story by Eric W. Dolan as evidence. Dolan writes,
Though the bill only mandates a "diagnostic ultrasound examination of the fetus," an aide for Johnson confirmed a transvaginal ultrasound would be required.
Dolan's source for this claim is a Talking Points Memo post which says:
Johnson was not available for comment Wednesday, but his legislative aide, Ben Frederick, confirmed to TPM that, while the legislation does not specifically mention transvaginal ultrasounds, the bill aims to require women to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion.
Wait a second.  He didn't confirm anything about transvaginal ultrasounds.  He confirmed the legislation requires an ultrasound (not a transvaginal ultrasound) yet the unabated laziness (Frumin) or intentional deception (Dolan) by media types turns an interview with a legislative staffer basically from, "No, it's not referring to transvaginal ultrasounds" to "Yes, transvaginal ultrasounds will be required."

Here's the simple formula: Liberal advocates say something deceptive and provide no evidence. Left-wing blogs go cuckoo for cocoa puffs. Liberal establishment media then picks up the story and runs with it without checking any facts.

I don't think I could despise the media anymore.

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