The final version of the bill eliminates the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound language and a very narrow exception for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Only women who have reported rape or incest can avoid the procedure.
There’s nothing much left to say about this bill, really. The fight in Virginia drew a wider attention to the wide-scale assault on reproductive rights, so to that end it can be used to continue momentum against these bills. But women suffered a significant setback with this bill and there’s no sign the attacks are going to end any time soon.
Gov. McDonnell has not yet signed the bill and he’s being urged not sign it. You can join the effort here.
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