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Virginia governor reverses course on 'transvaginal' ultrasounds


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), a potential GOP VP pick later this year, had initially signaled that he would sign into law legislation requiring a transvaginal ultrasound for those wanting an abortion in the state.

As the AP wrote last week:

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, a socially conservative Roman Catholic, has said he will sign the ultrasound bill, but has taken no position on Marshall's personhood bill, said his spokesman J. Tucker Martin.

But McDonnell has now reversed course, saying in a just-released statement that he wants the legislation to be amended so "that no woman in Virginia will have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound involuntarily."

More McDonnell: "I am asking the General Assembly to state in this legislation that only a transabdominal, or external, ultrasound will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age. Should a doctor determine that another form of ultrasound may be necessary to provide the necessary images and information that will be an issue for the doctor and the patient. The government will have no role in that medical decision."