By Dave Andrusko
This falls under the familiar category–that elections have consequences. In a conference call with reporters last week NARAL Virginia Executive Director Tarina Keene targeted a law passed but never fully implemented that required an ultrasound prior to a woman having an abortion so that she has the opportunity to look at her baby.
During the 2013 campaign, now-governor Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) often made clear his disdain for the law passed overwhelmingly in 2012. Knowing she had a sympathetic ear in the governor’s office, Keene was quick to outline her agenda, which included gutting the law.
“Requiring an ultrasound before an abortion is not about medicine, “ Keene insisted. “Its only purpose is to interfere in a woman’s ability to make the best decision for herself and her family.”
In fact, the truth is just the opposite.
“Laws like the ultrasound-informed consent act allow women to obtain vitally need information about their unborn children before making the permanent decision to have an abortion,” Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life ( NRLC’s state affiliate), told NRL News Today. The effect of repealing the requirement “would only serve to allow abortionists to deny women access to the correct standard of care when making a decision about an abortion.”
As NRL News Today reported on many occasions, no pro-life bill proposed anywhere in the United States was subject to the kind of grotesque distortion that greeted the ultrasound proposal in Virginia. (For example, see here.)
Merely requiring what almost every abortionist was already doing—performing an ultrasound–was bizarrely caricatured as “rape by instrument.” 
Keene also told reporters of other agenda items. One of those was to repeal the requirement that health care plans offered through the federal insurance exchanges could not cover abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk.
 A total of 99% of all abortions facilities surveyed in a 2003 study used vaginal ultrasound for early surgical abortions. A total of 97% of all abortion facilities surveyed in the 2003 study used vaginal ultrasound for “medical” (chemical] abortions.