RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -
Abdominal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in Virginia will
become mandatory under a bill signed into law Wednesday by the state's
Republican governor, who had faced a national uproar when earlier
versions of the measure had sought to make the exams medically invasive.
The law conservative Gov.
Bob McDonnell signed requires all Virginia abortion providers to comply
starting July 1 or pay a $2,500 fine for each violation. Patients
living within 100 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed
must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound examination before having an
abortion. Victims of rape or incest who reported the attacks to police
are exempt. Women must be offered the chance to view the ultrasound
images, but can't be forced to see them.
Read the complete story(Some news sites require registration)