Virginia Gov. Announces Opposition to Ultrasound Law [UPDATE]
4:52 pm, February 22nd | by Laura Donovan
In the aftermath of nationwide outrage over a proposed Virginia law that would force women undergoing abortions to have an ultrasound, Gov. Bob McDonnell broke away from his initial support of the measure and said in a statement that he would no longer back it:
“[H]aving looked at the current proposal, I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.”
The House voted on Wednesday to amend the legislation to say that women will not be required to go through with ultrasounds against their will, and “that only an external ultrasounds will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age,” reports the Washington Post.
Though it’s a relief to see a male politician ease up on the women’s health debate in a sea of mind-boggling discussions on the matter, McDonnell still begins his statement with, “I’m pro-life,” so the rapid support reversal doesn’t convince anyone he’s had a major change of heart on how he really feels about the issue.