Wow this thread looks interesting.
I'm a lady and I wanna go on record and say that I don't believe the transvaginal ultrasound is anywhere near similar to rape to justify the outrage and upsetitude going on about it. It's invasive but then again so is the abortion itself unless it's medically induced. If you've gotta have the fetus surgically removed then you're really gonna learn about invasive and uncomfortable procedures.
I also know some women who have unfortunately suffered real accounts of rape at the hands of brutal men and they have told me that they think all of this "this procedure is rape" hype is nothing but nonsense and a lot of crying wolf. These are the women who've been molested and abused by their fathers, brothers, uncles and even grandfathers (ultra sick) and they don't agree with the accusations. They also say that anybody who calls rape with regard to the ultrasound doesn't know what real rape really is and should be ashamed of themselves.