Supporters of the Virginia ultrasound bill may have lost a key ally Tuesday evening when Governor Bob McDonnell (R) withdrew his unconditional support for the controversial legislation, according to The Washington Post.
The decision came after McDonnell’s staff held a meeting with delegates and found the ultrasounds being more invasive than originally considered. Instead of previously backing any ultrasound bill that would reach his desk, McDonnell’s spokesman Tucker Martin exhibited a notable change.
“Our position is: If the General Assembly passes this bill the governor will review it, in its final form, at that time,” Martin said in a statement.
The Virginia House postponed a final vote on the bill for a second consecutive day Tuesday afternoon. Both the state’s House and Senate have already approved their versions of the bill.
According to the Post, a crowd of 1,200 men and women held a silent protests outside the state capital in Richmond Monday evening, wearing T-shirts that read “Virginia is for lovers, not probes.”
The ultrasound bill would require a woman to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound by inserting a probe into the vagina to determine the gestation age of the fetus. A woman who declines to look at the ultrasound would have to sign a statement that would become apart of her medical file along with the printed image.
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