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Amendment To Virginia Ultrasound Bill Passed

The Virginia governor wants the law amended so that it requires the less-invasive transabdominal ultrasound, pictured, over the more invasive transvaginal ultrasound prior to an abortion.
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The Virginia governor wants the law amended so that it requires the less-invasive transabdominal ultrasound, pictured, over the more invasive transvaginal ultrasound prior to an abortion.

The Virginia House of Delegates voted Wednesday to amend a controversial abortion bill so that it no longer requires a transvaginal ultrasound, and instead, only a tranabdominal ultrasound will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age prior to an abortion.

Republican Governor Bob McDonnell pushed for the change to the bill that passed Virginia's House 63-36 last week, and would have required the insertion of a wand-like device to send out sound waves. This prompted criticism from women's right activists, GOP moderates and even television comedians.

"Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state," says the governor in a statement. "No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure."

The amended bill now returns to the state senate, where a sponsor says she expects to strike the legislation.

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