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An amended mandating ultrasounds to women seeking abortions passed the Senate on Tuesday
In a vote mostly along party lines, the Virginia Senate passed a watered-down version of the controversial ultrasound bill that mandates women receive an ultrasound before getting an abortion, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The bill once required an ultrasound in every case, even those in the first trimester that typically include a vaginal probe. But a backlash last week from protestors in Richmond, late-night comedians, and the national media prompted Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to ask for amendments to the bill that would exempt transvaginal ultrasounds.
"The Senate amended the bill to exclude women who have reported to law enforcement that they are victims of rape and incest," according to the Post. "But they excluded women who know that their fetus suffers from birth defects."
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) said he spoke out against not exempting women who are having partial miscarriages. He tweeted, "How cruel to a woman to be offered the chance to listen to a heartbeat that we all know isn't there?"
Sen. Charles Colgan (Manassas) was one of two Democrats to vote for the bill.
The bill now moves to the House where it is expected to pass the GOP-dominated chamber. Gov. McDonnell, an abortion opponent, is expected to sign it into law.