Transvaginal ultrasound and the “War on Babies”

Photograph of transvaginal ultrasound from Megan's blog post

Reporter Megan Carpentier undergoes ‘unnecessary’ transvaginal ultrasound to frame abortion debate

Yahoo:  Plenty of pundits on both sides of the ideological aisle have weighed in on the country’s ongoing abortion debate and the transvaginal ultrasound mandates passed by several states—what some people argue is part of the GOP’s so-called “war on women.” But few have actually gone through the procedure—which is why Megan Carpentier, executive editor of the progressive news site Raw Story, decided to have a “completely unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound” and document the experience for readers.

“It was vigorously uncomfortable,” Carpentier wrote, partly “because the technician has to press the wand directly against the areas she wants to get an image of—your uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries—so there’s more movement and more direct contact with pressure-sensitive areas of your body.”

Carpentier continued:

You’re also not lying flat on your back (yet the picture on her web site shows a woman doing just that) to facilitate access to the upper reaches of your vagina; and you’re being penetrated with a longer, rigid object than is used in a regular pelvic exam. In my case, as the technician explained after, my uterus is “high,” or tilted toward my abdomen, so she had to tilt the wand accordingly—and because it was so uncomfortable, she halted the exam before fully exploring my Fallopian tubes or ovaries. If I had been pregnant (which I knew I was not), the exam might have lasted longer as she looked to rule out an ectopic pregnancy and locate the minuscule gestational sac.

It was not, however, like being raped, despite all the furor-generating headlines and “Doonesbury” cartoons that were printed. It was uncomfortable to the point of being painful, emotionally triggering (and undoubtedly is moreso for victims of rape or incest or any woman in the midst of an already-emotional experience) and something that no government should force its citizens to undergo to make a political point. But it wasn’t like being raped—and using language like that not only minimizes rape for its survivors but makes them and other women more frightened of the procedure, which has significant and important medical uses.

She concluded: “It’s not a choice to be made at a distance by elected officials with an ideological axe to grind, little medical knowledge and a belief that it’s acceptable to require doctors to put unnecessary instruments inside women’s bodies in an effort to achieve in practice what they can’t constitutionally pass into law: an end to abortion.”

Let’s compare the transducer device used in a transvaginal ultrasound and the speculum, used in a pap smear.

Transvaginal transducer

Speculum used during a pap smear

I have had a transvaginal ultrasound (and I was upright during the procedure) and I can tell you that it was no way near as bad as the speculum, which is much more rigid than the transducer device.

According to Medline Plus, the procedure for a transvaginal ultrasound is:

You will lie down on a table with your knees bent and feet in holders called stirrups. The health care provider will place a probe, called a transducer, into the vagina. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The doctor can immediately see the picture on a nearby TV monitor.  The test is usually painless, although some women may have mild discomfort from the pressure of the probe. Only a small part of the probe is placed into the vagina.

According to RadiologyInfor.org, the procedure is described as: “The tip of the transducer is smaller than the standard speculum used when performing a pap test. A protective cover is placed over the transducer, lubricated with a small amount of gel, and then inserted into the vagina. Only two to three inches of the transducer end are inserted into the vagina.

Ms. Carpentier’s experience may have been worse than mine, yet one needs to go into both these exams being relaxed.  The more nervous you are, the more unpleasant the exams will be.

As for this being a unnessary procedure before a woman has an abortion, don’t you want to have all knowledge of a procedure before you begin it?  Why are these women so afraid to see their baby in an ultrasound before they rip it from their womb?  Why the war on babies and keeping a woman from seeing the reality of what an abortion is truly about?  Heaven forbid a woman see her child.  That just might cause a pregnant woman to re-consider her “right” and recognize the right of a child to live.

DCG

10 responses to “Transvaginal ultrasound and the “War on Babies”

  1. You know, I’ve really had it with the evil. These men, and these women, who justify aboriton DO NOT NEED THE NARCISSISTIC EVIL EGO’S TICKLED, CODDLED, OR STROKED!! They deserve no “civility”. They need to be CONFRONTED WITH THE TRUTH OF HOW EVIL THEY ARE!! Not that they would listen. They’re criminally insane. So, they are referring to an exam like this as “rape” because it’s not by their “choice” as they need to go through this before having an ABORTION?? Well, when the foul evil BABY-KILLER reaches up inside of you with tools TO KILL YOUR BABY — if it’s BY CHOICE and the ULTRASOUND BEFORE WAS “RAPE” — then are you saying that aboriton is “SEX”??? How ridiculous is this?? They’re depraved. They’re going to have an abortion by having a MASSMURDERING BABY KILLER SHOVE WEAPONS OF MURDER up their vaginas to kill an innocent baby in their womb — and they BALK at an ultrasound and get SELF-RIGHTEOUS??

    they’re criminally insane KILLERS WITHOUT CONSCIENCE totally twisting all REALITY to JUSTIFY THEMSELVES IN THEIR MURDER!!

    They don’t deserve civility. They’re killers. They deserve justice and the death penalty in a court of REAL LAW.

    If they want mercy, let them confess their crimes and show remorse in a REAL COURT OF LAW.

    Rant off.

  2. Fucking hypocrites.You people crucify someone who has an abortion (not that it’s any of your business),yet you have no moral qualms in allowing someone to be strapped to a gurney and murdered in the name of “justice” by the state.Because it IS murder.On the death certificate the cause of death of the executed prisoner is listed as HOMICIDE.You self-righteous cunts have a special place reserved in Hell.By the way,it is not aboriton,but ABORTION.Go back to school.You know ,the buildings full of children being educated by a curriculum free of religious meddling,ignorance and prejudice.Oh sorry I forgot ,you were home schooled,by somone even more ignorant and backward than you.FUCK OFF.

    • F this. F that. Wow, aren’t you just the font of intelligence, truth, and light.
      FYI, nowhere does this post even address capital punishment — as if you actually care about capital punishment.

      Your kind of explosive anger, hatred, and rage is really not against any pro-lifers, but against God — as shown by your alias “illuminati” and your alleged e-mail address “fuckbigots”. Just remember your master, Satan, is the father of all lies, and he and you lose in the end.

      Now crawl back into that smelly dank hole in Brisbane, Australia from which you emerged.
      +++
      illuminati are satanists

    • You ever learn to debate without cursing? Ever learn to stick on topic when debating? Ever learn the word of God?

      Buzz off troll. Or go play with DailyKooks. They love your low level of maturity.

    • The typo Laura made is a very common one, non-illumined one. You are a true liberal. How can I tell? Mainly because of the demonic anger and cursing you unleashed. The death penalty only happens after a trial (unless of course you are living under islam). Sure, there have been some people given the death penalty because of faulty evidence, which is a very sad situation. These MILLIONS of innocent, defenseless babies are never given a trial and guilty of absolutely no crime yet you are comfortable seeing them treated like a cornered animal in a canned shoot (actually even worse) pulled limbed from limb, chemically burned to death, or simply having their heads crushed by a fellow human being as they struggle to escape the abortionist’s weapons. I often wonder if God will make pro-aborts witness EVERY ABORTION ever done as judgment in the afterlife. Talk about pure hell…

    • Oh goody, yet another government-educated troll that has never heard of proper spacing and paragraphs.

      You know ,the buildings full of children being educated by a curriculum free of religious meddling,ignorance and prejudice.

      You must be referring to the school you attended. You know, the one filled with barely literate, government goonion “teachers.”

      BTW, if you cannot tell the difference between an innocent, unborn child and a guilty-as-Hell murdering scumbag, YOU are the one with the problem.

      -Dave

  3. Wait, let’s see if I understand this…it’s completely immoral to force woman to have this test but it’s perfectly fine to force people who believe abortion is wrong to pay for other peoples’ abortions…now I understand.

  4. LOL – I am so glad I’m a guy.

    -Dave

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