Friday, March 2, 2012
Virginia Governor Poised to Sign Revised Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill
Chicago Tribune: Ultrasound mandate heads to Virginia governor's desk, by Matthew A. Ward (Reuters):
Virginia's Republican governor is poised to sign a law forcing women to have an ultrasound before an abortion after state lawmakers approved amendments on Thursday, sending the measure to his desk.
The controversial legislation requires a woman be offered the chance to view the ultrasound image, and holds that a copy of the image must be held in the woman's medical record at the abortion facility for seven years.
Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates approved the amendments on Thursday in a 61-35 vote. The amendments include making an invasive vaginal ultrasound optional in cases where fetal age cannot be determined with an abdominal ultrasound, which is usually the case in the first trimester of pregnancy, experts say. . . .
See also: The Washington Post: Abortion bill hurt McDonnell's V.P. prospects, by Robert McCartney