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February 28, 2012
Senate Approves Ultrasound Legislation – Headed Towards Governor’s Desk
Ultrasound legislation successful despite nationwide outcry
The Virginia State Senate passed House Bill 462 by a 21-19 vote today. HB 462 is a measure that would force a women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. The bill brought unprecedented national media scrutiny upon Virginia and Governor Bob McDonnell due to the original revelation of the invasive nature of the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement.
"Thousands of Virginians who have spoken out against this legislation have been ignored," said Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. She continued, "Virginians have made it clear that this intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship is out of touch with their values and priorities. Women will hold them accountable for this government overreach into their private decisions and their constitutional rights."
"House Bill 462 is an unprecedented invasion into the living rooms and doctors’ offices of Virginia women and clearly interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. Women should have the option of having an ultrasound, not forced to undergo a completely unnecessary procedure prescribed by politicians,” said Keene.
Contact: Sean Holihan