Bill requiring an ultrasound before abortion ready to pass in Va.

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A bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion is set to pass through Virginia legislature, placing it on track to be signed into law, the New York Times reported.

The bill could pass the House of Delegates as soon as Tuesday; if it is adopted, Virginia will be the eighth state to require ultrasounds before abortions.

After learning that some ultrasounds may be more invasive than others, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has only agreed to "review" the bill, the Washington Post reported.

The bill has attracted controversy and has gotten attention from shows like "Saturday Night Live".

Pro-choice supporters have emphasized that some women in the early stages of pregnancy may require a probe instead of an external ultrasound.

Around 1,200 people silently protested outside of the Capitol Monday wearing T-shirts with phrases such as "Virginia is for lovers, not probes."

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