The View host Joy Behar is not one to shy away from outlandish assertions. Still, comparing a Virginia law requiring women to view an ultrasound of their unborn fetus prior to undergoing an abortion to the oppressive, often violent practices of the Taliban, might be taking things just a bit too far.
Newsbusters brings us the video:
CBSNews.com described the law:
One issue that has come under the microscope with relation to the ultrasound bill is its requirement that some women undergo a transvaginal ultrasound probe, which is considered more physically invasive than other procedures.
While the bill does not explicitly mandate the use of transvaginal ultrasounds, many women would inevitably be required to undergo them; in the early stages of pregnancy, that procedure is often the only form of ultrasound that can detect a fetus' heartbeat.
NewsBusters provides the transcript:
JOY BEHAR: There's a couple of bills pending in Virginia. One of them is that women will be required to undergo sonograms, ultrasound when they are about to have an abortion and the other one is that if a heartbeat isn't detected, then they will get a trans-vaginal ultrasound which is basically going into the vagina and very intrusive. Now, there is no -- as far as I can tell there is no other Procedure including MRIs and cancer treatments that are mandated. This is- would be a mandated treatment for girls who are pregnant to see the child, the infant, the fetus-
BARBARA WALTERS: The fetus.
BEHAR: -whatever at that point is before they get the abortion and if they can't hear a heartbeat then they will have to undergo an ultrasound vaginal sonogram which I had one of those. I had one of those because I had benign tumors on my ovaries a few years ago and it was extremely intrusive and invasive.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK: It's uncomfortable. I agree with you.
BEHAR: It's like, what are we? What is this, the Taliban now? What are we, in Afghanistan? Where are we exactly in this country?
Behar flat-out rejected the ultrasound requirements, dubbing it: "so frickin' intrusive to a woman's body."