Ultrasound bill could face final vote today

Posted at 6:59 AM, Mar 01, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The ultrasound bill that’s caused a commotion at the General Assembly and around the nation could be coming up for a final vote on Thursday.

HB 462 is on the schedule to be voted on by the full House of Delegates today, after being passed with an amendment by the Senate. That additional amendment would not require women who are the victims of rape or incest to go through an ultrasound.

The new amended legislation that has put the Virginia legislature in the national spotlight would not require the invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound, but would require an abdominal ultrasound to determine the age of the fetus.

Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill into law if it passes.

Other states have taken note of the controversy raised in Virginia. Wednesday night, lawmakers in Pennsylvania postponed a vote on an ultrasound bill that would require an ultrasound, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.