Ultrasound Bill signed by Virginia Gov.

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Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law on Wednesday a bill requiring woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion.

The bill has brought on national criticism and debate since the original bill required a transvaginal ultrasound. Opponents said this procedure was medically unnecessary and physically invasive, reported CBS News. The revised bill allows women to opt for an abdominal ultrasound.

"This bill does not legally alter a woman's ability to make a choice regarding her pregnancy," said Governor McDonnell in a statement Wednesday.


Women held a march outside of the Virginia capitol to show their opposition when the original bill looked like it might pass, reported the State Column.

The revised bill passed the House of Delegates last Thursday by a vote of 61 to 35 and passed the Senate on a vote of 21 to 19, reported the LA Times.

Seven other states have laws requiring pre-abortion ultrasound screenings, and 12 more have similar bills making their way through legislatures.


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