Mcdonnell signs mandatory ultrasound bill
Gov. Bob Mcdonnell has signed a bill mandating that women undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, his office announced Wednesday.
The issue inflamed passions on both sides of the aisle and attracted derision from late-night comics and cable news shows. The most recent incident occurred over the weekend when about 30 people protesting pro-life legislation were arrested for refusing to leave the steps of the state Capitol.
The original measure could have required women to undergo an invasive transvaginal procedure, but Mr. Mcdonnell, a Republican, successfully proposed changes to the bill so that only a transabdominal, “jelly-on-the-belly” ultrasound would be mandatory.
Opponents argue the state ordering a medical procedure without having insurance companies pay for it would be unprecedented. And since the vast majority of abortions occur in the early stages of pregnancy, the procedure being mandated would not be enough to provide anything discernible that would help determine the gestational age of the child, opponents say.