Monday, February 27, 2012

Ultrasounds, abortion and ‘personhood’ in Virginia

Facing an issue that could redefine his political legacy, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) retreated from a measure that would require women to have invasive ultrasounds, performed by inserting a probe into the vagina, before receiving abortions.

“No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition,” McDonnell said Wednesday.

In the hours since McDonnell’s statement, a Senate committee has moved to require external ultrasounds that require a woman to undress so that an imaging device can be used on her abdomen.

But the committee also has approved a "personhood" bill requiring that unborn children receive the same rights as all other citizens. (Update: Action on the bill will be delayed until 2013, according to the Associated Press.)

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