… and that's why he just issued a statement, a few moments ago, in opposition to the bill in Virginia which would require women seeking an abortion to be vaginally raped with a wand undergo an invasive ultrasound procedure if the standard ultrasound procedure is ineffective. Here's the key portion of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's released statement:
Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.
For this reason, I have recommended to the General Assembly a series of amendments to this bill. I am requesting that the General Assembly amend this bill to explicitly state that no woman in Virginia will have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound involuntarily. I am asking the General Assembly to state in this legislation that only a transabdominal, or external, ultrasound will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age. Should a doctor determine that another form of ultrasound may be necessary to provide the necessary images and information that will be an issue for the doctor and the patient. The government will have no role in that medical decision.
Mind you, he still thinks women should be required to get the ultrasound, just not the transvaginal intrusive kind.