Alexandria, Va.- In a newly uncovered radio interview, Virginia State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-SD17) stated he believed a woman needed a mandatory, transvaginal ultrasound in order to make a “rational” decision when seeking an abortion. While on the John Fredericks radio show in December 2012, Sen. Bryce Reeves said, “This bill, transvaginal ultrasound bill, of which I got to tell you, I think helps women make a logical, rational decision,” a bill that he voted for in February 2012.

Sen. Bryce Reeve’s comments show his deep disrespect for a woman, and her personal healthcare decisions. A woman and her family do not need politicians serving as a barrier between themselves and access to compassionate reproductive healthcare.

“Senator Reeves’s comments and vote for the mandatory, transvaginal ultrasound in 2012, that would have required a woman to undergo an invasive procedure whether her doctor deemed it necessary prior to receiving an abortion, are not only insulting to women but truth telling about Sen. Reeve’s real anti-choice, anti-woman agenda,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

“Anti-abortion politicians like Sen. Reeves are no longer pretending to respect a woman’s personal healthcare decisions or her bodily autonomy. However, they are revealing their true agenda: to ban abortion and criminalize women and doctors.  Sen. Reeves smug comments overtly expose his true feelings – that he knows better than you or me about what’s best for ourselves and our families.”

“That’s why it is critical that come November 5, Virginians get out and support candidates who actually trust a woman to make her own personal reproductive healthcare decisions rather than allowing anti-abortion politicians like Senator Reeves to turn Virginia into a place like Alabama or Georgia— where anti-choice controlled legislatures have voted to ban abortion and strip a woman of her rights and her dignity.  It’s time for Virginia to elect leaders who will put women and families first and who will respect them to make their own personal medical decisions without inference from politicians.”

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