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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.
Virginia House Bill 462, and a similar bill in the state Senate, would require doctors to perform a fetal ultrasound, which the bill says should be made a standard practice, include the dimensions of the fetus and accurate portray its external features and internal organs, if possible.
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