Mcdon­nell signs manda­tory ul­tra­sound bill

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

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.

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