• Fri, Mar 16 2012

Women Send Hateful Facebook Messages To Senator Over Ultrasound Bill; What Would You Say To Him?

In what’s being dubbed as the “Vagina Monologues“, Virginia’s Senator Ryan McDougle received a boatload of hateful Facebook messages from women slamming him–and his apparent expertise on women’s bodies–for his support of the state’s bill making it mandatory for women to get ultrasounds in order to have legal abortions.

The posts were quickly deleted from his Facebook page, but not before blogs like the Daily Kos captured them in screen grabs. Here are some of the funny, sarcastic and yet pointed comments that women left for him over his “knowledge” of a woman’s body:

Hi Senator McDougle! I just wanted to let you know, since you’re so concerned about women’s health, that my period started today! Color looks good, flow not too heavy. Cramps are pretty manageable, but don’t worry–I’ll make sure to let you know if that changes. Thanks again for caring so much about women and our bodies!!!

I am so excited that you have taken such an interest in my health. I just wanted to know your thoughts on a possible yeast infection, I can’t afford health insurance even with my three jobs so since you’re so tuned into womens bodies I thought you might have some natural remedies…let me know!

Senator McDougle, I am almost 49 and STILL menstruating with no sign of slowing done! Frankly, I’ve had enough of this inconvenience- the cost of pads and pain reliever and all the mess-well YOU know how it is. You’re an expert on this lady stuff. I was going to ask my gynocologist about this issue, but since you know so much about women’s reproductive health, I figured I’d just stop by your Facebook page and ask you.

Quick question for you-is it normal for my period to sync up with other female-bodied people? After doing the Vagina Monologues with 12 others, I got my period sooner! Gosh, ladybits are just so weird and confusing-but I don’t have to worry about stuff like that now that you’re looking out for me!

The bill that McDougle supported originally would have required doctors to perform an invasive ultrasound on women seeking to have a legal abortion to determine gestational age (and presumably guilt them into not having an abortion), but that bill was later revised to allow women to reject the invasive part of the procedure–although Virginia law still states that women have an ultrasound. Just not the invasive kind.

Tell us, what would you say to the good senator over his support of this bill and his expertise on women’s bodies?


Photo: washingtonpost.com


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  • Mandie

    I would say it’s extremely important to have an ultrasound to determine whether or not a baby is there. Our body can have the same hormones that pop positive on a pee test with improper testing, certain medications, and defective pregnancy tests. And I think assuming an underlying cause to try and guilt women into not having the abortion is silly. If a woman would feel worse about aborting after seeing the child is actually in there, she obviously doesn’t even know what it means to be pregnant in the first place.

    • Acid Sweet

      So, you think a woman is going to go through the trial AND cost of going to have an abortion if she’s not sure she’s pregnant? Again with the assuming that women are too dumb to know the most basic facts about themselves and their bodies.

    • Amy

      What about women who are aborting because of life or death circumstances…or women who are aborting because their children will be born with a fatal complication that will mean they will live in agony…for as long as they actually live? Should they have to view the child that they wanted, that they loved? In Texas you not only have to wait 24 hours and view the child, you also have to listen to a doctor describe the baby to you while you look at the screen. So, yes. It is completely designed to make women feel guilty about aborting.

  • DW

    His is awesome! Keep it u ladies!

  • Guess Im just a dumb blond

    Mandie, that is just about the most ridiculous comment I have ever read.

    Also this article truly misrepresents the “facebombing”. The majority of these comments were not hateful at all. They were polite, no name calling or threats. Some may have caused the reader to be a little uncomfortable with TMI, but all it all they were very interesting and humorous. One of the best stratgies for a protest I have ever seen.

  • Taylor

    I think any Legislator who passes these bills should be charged with conspiracy to commit rape, as the federal definition of rape is penetration with an item or body part against the will of the victim. So in essence they have conspired to rape any woman seeking an abortion. What they are trying to pass is RAPE and should not be allowed.

  • diane

    if these lawmakers who think they know my body better than i do , then all girls should unite and work real hard to pass laws to control the mail body health wise, and make thier male lives a real living hell on earth!

  • Me

    Amy: Good! Abortion is an easy way out and it isn’t right, I don’t care what arguments you make. Murder is murder. They wouldn’t even be in that position to chose had they either wore protection or abstained from unprotected sex. This world is sick to think that killing an innocent baby because of the mothers stupidity is OK.

    • Your Mom

      What about the fathers stupidity? I don’t hear about that very often…

    • Erin

      What about rape?

  • annie

    How are the messages “hateful?”

  • coriolana

    ‘hateful’ meaning they object to being raped by him?

  • nara

    I would tell him that unless he gets pregnant and carries a baby he doesn’t want, he has NO right to tell a woman what she should or should not put her body through.

    Excuse me, I’m going to go outside and kiss the soil of Australia right now. Thank christ I live here.

  • Kelly