Mandatory Ultrasound Bill Passes Virginia Senate
It goes to the House before Governor Bob McDonnell will sign it.
The original form of the ultrasound bill called for every woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. Because most abortions take place during the first trimester, the bill would have required, in most cases, that a vaginal probe be inserted in order to determine the gestational age of the fetus.
As public opposition to the invasiveness of the procedure mounted, however, Gov. Bob McDonnell, who opposes abortion, proposed amendments to the measure that would only require transabdominal ultrasounds, and make it optional for a woman to have a transvaginal ultrasound.