RICHMOND, Va. – Shortly after Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell announced his opposition a Republican bill requiring vaginal probes of women seeking abortions, the state House on Wednesday approved a substitute version dropping that condition.
The House of Delegates voted 65-32 for the watered-down version. Under the substitute, women would still be required to have an ultrasound before an abortion to determine the gestational age, but women subject to a transvaginal procedure would be able to decline, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
That likely dooms the measure.
The amended bill now returns to the Senate where its sponsor, Sen. Jill Vogel, said she will strike the legislation.
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