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Abdominal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in Virginia will become mandatory on July 1 under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Bob McDonnell, who faced a political uproar before lawmakers deleted language that would have made the exams medically invasive.
A Maryland prosecutor says he had to drop murder charges against two abortion doctors after learning that an expert witness expected to testify that the fetuses were terminated in the county would change his testimony.
The most emotionally charged bill of Virginia's 2012 General Assembly mandating ultrasound exams for women seeking abortions has cleared its final legislative hurdle and is on its way to Gov. Bob McDonnell's expected signature.
Virginia's Senate passed legislation Tuesday that requires women seeking abortions to undergo noninvasive ultrasounds, days after amending the measure to eliminate a requirement that the exams be conducted through a vaginal procedure that had drawn the scorn of commentators and TV comedians.
A bill that would define life as starting at conception is done this year in the Virginia legislature.
A day after Virginia Republican legislators dropped a bitterly contested requirement that women undergo invasive pre-abortion ultrasound imaging, the intrusive procedure has been dropped from a companion bill.
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Virginia Republican legislators have dropped a bitterly contested requirement that women seeking abortions undergo invasive ultrasound imaging, likely dooming the bill.
Virginia's effort to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion continues to spark protest -- and ridicule -- as Gov. Bob McDonnell weighs the political implications of each bill.
Heated disagreement is expected this week as the Virginia State Senate debates HB 1, which would define a person as beginning at conception.
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