The Virginia Senate has passed a repeal of its law mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds before abortions, which went into effect last year. The Democrat-controlled Senate was in a 20-20 tie, until Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam voted for the repeal. It will now be considered by the Republican-dominated state House.
Virginia’s then-Republican-controlled Senate had originally attempted to require transvaginal ultrasounds, an invasive procedure, but after receiving a backlash from activists and the media, it decided to modify the bill to require only abdominal ultrasounds. During the early stages of pregnancy, however, there was little for a doctor to see, so the test was considered useless.
It is nobody’s damn business who gets an abortion except for the woman seeking it and the doctor she asks to care for her.