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Virginia Ultrasound Bill Steps Closer To Passage

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The hotly debated bill mandating ultrasound exams for women seeking abortions has cleared its final legislative hurdle in Virginia's General Assembly. The bill is on its way to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is expected to sign it.

Del. Kathy Byron explained that the bill does not prevent women from having abortions. She added that using the most modern technology would enable women to give fully informed consent for a life-altering decision.

But Del. David Englin asked bill supporters to speak plainly about what he believes is the measure's true intent.

"It's an unnecessary medical exercise at the expense of the woman that produces no information, says Englin. "It's part of a series of requirements in this bill that exists for no other reason than to create barriers to access."

The bill's backers noted that it is Planned Parenthood's practice to offer trans-abdominal ultrasounds. But a bill opponent argued that if a woman wants to refuse it, the doctor must respect her wishes. The bill itself requires the ultrasound image to be offered to the patient, but she can decline to view it.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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