An Indiana Senate committee last week passed a bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions — not one, but two of them. Indiana Right to Life legislative director Sue Swayze sees no problem with this. After all, those women got pregnant through their vaginas so what could be wrong about putting something else up there?
But Swayze notes the bill doesn’t specifically require vaginal ultrasounds and says, as a woman, she doesn’t understand the problem with the procedure.
“I got pregnant vaginally. Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.”
Yes, of course. Because consensual sex is just like the government forcing a probe inside your vagina against your wishes and against your doctor’s advice. They’re absolutely identical, with no possible distinctions between them. This is a perfect example of an illogical post hoc rationalization. If you are emotionally invested in a cause, your brain typically acts as a press secretary rather than an objective analyst. And any argument you can seize on that defends your position, no matter how absurd it is, will seem quite convincing to you.