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MSNBC's Luke Russert Asks Democratic State Legislator: Are Mandated Abdominal Ultrasounds a Sort of 'Sex Crime'?

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Filling in on the 11 a.m. hour of MSNBC Live coverage on Feb. 23,
Luke Russert talked to Washington Post reporter Anita Kumar and Virginia
Del. Charniele Herring (D) about Gov. Bob McDonnell's "abrupt switch"
to oppose requiring "invasive" transvaginal ultrasounds prior to an
abortion. McDonnell is backing a bill that would make transvaginal
ultrasounds optional but abdominal ultrasounds mandatory.</p>
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At not point in the interview did either Russert or Kumar note that
Planned Parenthood abortionists already perform ultrasounds before
abortions. What's more, Russert prompted Herring to agree with him that
requiring abdominal ultrasounds could in some way be a "sex crime":</p>

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Rep. [sic] Herring, you said the original procedure was akin to rape.
Uh, where is this new procedure, do you feel? Is the new procedure
still, do you feel, a sex crime, in the sense that it's so invasive?</p>
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