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A few legislators have dared to speak against the bills. Democratic Sen. Linda Chesterfield spoke out in a Senate hearing on Rapert's bill, saying "I don't want to go back to when women used kerosene and clothes hangers because they didn't have a choice," and Sen. Stephanie Flowers, in an exchange paralleling Leding's with Mayberry, asked Rapert if he could imagine how women would feel if they were required to have a vaginal probe. "No" was Rapert's answer. In an interview, the Times' Max Brantley remarked on the invasiveness of the procedure. Rapert told him sex was invasive.
Leding gave an impassioned plea on the House floor Monday, saying, "It is easier to sit in this room and push a button far removed from the hospital" to decide a woman's fate than to stand between her and her doctor.
"This is not about elective procedures. So I will vote no today, not out of political ideology or lack of compassion or faith. I regard all life as precious but understand that life is complicated. ... I for one believe that agonizing decision should be left to the mother and father with their doctor and their God."UPDATE Sen. Rapert said Tuesday (Feb. 5) that he would amend his bill to require only an external ultrasound for the bill. That would effectively push the date at which a woman could not get an abortion to 10 weeks gestation, which is still 15 weeks short of viability and thus still unconstitutional.
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