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Forced Vaginal Probing A Source Of Levity Among Virginia Legislators: VIDEO


Not two weeks ago, male Republicans in the Virginia legislature were advocating mandatory "trans-vaginal" ultrasounds for women seeking abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy. If they'd had their way, women seeking abortions would have had camera-equipped metal thingamajigs forcibly inserted into their vaginas to snap pictures of fetuses too underdeveloped to be detected with a standard ultrasound.

That battle's over now -- "trans-vaginal" ultrasounds shall remain purely elective in Virginia -- but one Virginia lawmaker won't let it go. He's milking the issue for its comedic value. That's State Del. David Albo, who assumed the dais in the House of Delegates on Friday to relate an allegedly humorous anecdote about how media coverage of the legislation disrupted his attempted seduction of his wife. As he told the story, he set the mood with some porn-y funk music, played through his cell phone.



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  1. Wow, VA somehow manages to get worse every day. Every time that I return to see my family, I nearly die in a car accident. Every time I read about it, I nearly puke. I think that I'll stay in SF with my big dog. Seems safer and perhaps more fun.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 25, 2012 9:12:57 AM

  2. "Virginia is for lovers" should be changed to "Virginia is for Trans-vaginal rapists"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 25, 2012 9:19:59 AM

  3. That is the funniest thing that you've ever posted that I've read, David. I spit out water when I read it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 25, 2012 9:36:23 AM

  4. "Virginia is for lovers" should be changed to "Virginia is for Trans-vaginal rapists"

    When you get it right, Ehrenstein, you really get it right.

    I can't even begin to describe my disgust over this proposal. I would hope that even the most ardent abortion opponent would attempt to legislate in a manner that did not involve the ritual humiliation of the women involved. This is as wrong as the virginity inspections for female protestors in Egypt.

    Posted by: Nat | Feb 25, 2012 9:52:48 AM

  5. Deplorable and disgusting. I can't believe they wasted time and money with the bill and this disgusting comedy sketch. Another moron that believes life begins at erection.

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 25, 2012 9:58:41 AM

  6. What a pig. I thought that the bill alone was vile and disgusting, but then he's going to make jokes about it? It boggles my mind. Women of America, when it comes time to vote, please remember that this is the level of respect afforded you by (many) Republicans.

    Posted by: GregSD | Feb 25, 2012 10:24:02 AM

  7. "muh wife. now she won let muh have my missionarie sex once a week, cause I voted fer this here bill."

    She and every other female who has any sense are fighting angry over the hyposcrisy and overeach, duffus

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Feb 25, 2012 10:57:23 AM

  8. My favorite comment to this on YouTube (or words to the effect): if you are going to tell women what to do with their vaginas, you should at least be able to say the word.

    So cool to be able to make a joke out of government regulation on the most intrusive, personal level. Humor is such an aphrodisiac. I'll bet he went home and made another republican that night. Because he got his wife so hot with this.


    Posted by: TJ | Feb 25, 2012 11:03:28 AM

  9. And all this has what to do with gay people? Nothing--unless you are one of those confused and tragic gay men who lives vicariously through women and imagines that women have some kind of affinity for you of the sort that you have for them, which they most assuredly do not.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 25, 2012 11:09:10 AM

  10. Pitiful creature of Darkness...

    RICK - proudly waving the idiot flag. Again.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 25, 2012 11:18:18 AM

  11. We now all know why Virginia's legislators have serious problems with women's health issues. This "elected" official identifies vaginal as trans V. Possibly because he does not know what vaginal is, where it's located?

    Posted by: newz4i | Feb 25, 2012 11:28:32 AM

  12. Maybe, for the health of the legislators and the benefit of the people they serve, Virginia should require its male legislators to have annual forced colorectal examinations every session?

    Posted by: Runt | Feb 25, 2012 11:40:08 AM

  13. @NEWZ41 Then why don't you, as a gay "man" educate him about the vagina, its location, its many wondrous functions, how it looks and smells......hey, come to think of it, why don't you just plunge your face into one of them and get a nice big mouthful of that furry fish-odored thing since you seem to be so passionate about the subject?

    Oh, and TJ, tell me, have they invented virtual vaginas yet that allow you to experience menstruation, hot flashes and the like? I really worry about you and others with severe vagina-envy not being able to experience the fullness of vicarious living, you know?

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 25, 2012 11:40:24 AM

  14. Hi, Rick:

    I don't enjoy stating the obvious, so I'll keep this brief.

    1) Half of all gay people have vaginas.

    2) So do half of all bisexual people.

    3) Female bisexuals may occasionally desire an abortion.

    4) The so-called culture wars are very much relevant to the cause of LGBT equality, and at the moment the most active front in those wars is reproductive choice.

    Thanks for reading.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Feb 25, 2012 11:51:07 AM

  15. Hey Rick, my mother, two sisters, co-workers, and friends happen to have vaginas. I am interested in their ability to live a life without worrying about their healthcare decisions being made by idiots.

    It is entirely possible for gay men to be concerned about things other than the latest Kylie album.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 25, 2012 11:55:01 AM

  16. Rick, a little touchy, huh?

    Posted by: newz4i | Feb 25, 2012 11:55:18 AM

  17. Re: muff diving. you should try it, RICK. It's a total turn-on to make a woman writhe in extacy. I don't want a vagina. But I sure as hell liked visiting them.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 25, 2012 11:59:53 AM

  18. Virginia is actually in a modern, western nation right? Unbelievable.

    Posted by: Rovex | Feb 25, 2012 12:00:50 PM

  19. BKT - thanks for the schooling on RICK. Not that he'll learn, of course. But yeah. Half the human experience. Unless you are less than half a human, like some people I need not re-mention.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 25, 2012 12:03:28 PM

  20. Woman-hating gay men are such an embarrassment. Yeah, you, Rick.

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 25, 2012 12:30:14 PM

  21. Aw, Rick. Rearing his pathetic head whenever the opportunity for misogyny appears. What a worthless human being.

    As others have stated, not all homosexuals/bisexuals are men, and most of us have female friends and relatives whom we care about. Sorry that you are so mentally dysfunctional that such a simple concept is beyond your capability to process. You really should get some help.

    Posted by: LiamB | Feb 25, 2012 12:33:27 PM

  22. Wow glad everyone in Virginia is employed they have no deficit and no crime so that they can waste time like this.

    Posted by: Akula | Feb 25, 2012 12:35:57 PM

  23. folks, rather than *talk* with RICK do this - ask him for proof of this example he claims to live by. ask him to provide the URL to his own page/video where he shows the strong masculine empowered manly gay male role model example he claims to live by. truly. ASK HIM. you'll never hear from him again ;-)

    as to this neanderthal republican....he needs to get raped. painfully.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 25, 2012 12:40:57 PM

  24. some of these assholes need to be anally probed, no pun intended

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Feb 25, 2012 1:00:47 PM

  25. (snark alert) Email sent to Rep. Albo after his wife, Rita, saw this:


    Have changed the locks. Your stuff is in the driveway. Sorry I dropped the big TV getting it out of the house.

    I expect an apology on the floor of the House of Delegates. Then, we can talk about you coming home.


    (end of snark)

    Posted by: james | Feb 25, 2012 1:06:32 PM

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