March 08, 2012

Virginia Governor Signs Ultrasound Bill

Abdominal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in Virginia will become mandatory under a bill signed into law by the state's Republican governor, who had faced a national uproar when earlier versions of the measure had sought to make the exams medically invasive. The law conservative Gov. Bob McDonnell signed requires all Virginia abortion providers to comply starting July 1 or pay a $2,500 fine for each violation. Patients living within 100 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound examination before having an abortion. Victims of rape or incest who reported the attacks to police are exempt. Women must be offered the chance to view the ultrasound images, but can't be forced to see them. Read more...

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