With the help of two pro-life Democrats, the Virginia Senate on Tuesday approved an ultrasound bill.
The bill would require women who seek to abort their unborn children get an abdominal ultrasound prior to the abortion. It would be part of “informed consent” and a 24-hour waiting period.
The vote was 21-19 largely along party lines, with Republican Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan voting no, and Democrats Chuck Colgan of Prince William and Phil Puckett of Russell voting yes. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/feb/28/16/senate-panel-kills-medicaid-abortion-funding-ban-ar-1722301/
Although Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is pro-life and could’ve broken a tie, his vote was not required.
Gov. Bob McDonnell supports the bill.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, some 20 states have passed laws regulating ultrasounds and abortions. http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_RFU.pdf
The bill now heads back to the House after the Senate agreed to one amendment, which states that a victim of rape or incest who reports the attack would not have to undergo an ultrasound to get an abortion.
The vote is seen as a victory for pro-life forces after a number of pro-life bills were bottled up in the Senate by Democrats during previous legislatures.