Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) has backed away from supporting a state bill which would mandate that women submit to a trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to receiving abortion services. The governor had previously said that he would sign the bill if it reached his desk.
The bill has been the subject of national outrage with many women’s organizations including NOW threatening to pursue the matter in court if passed.
In explaining his change of heart the governor said: “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 pre-condition to another medical procedure.”
It should be noted that Governor McDonnell has high political aspirations and is on the short list for the VP slot on the Republican ticket. So his change of heart stems not from an acknowledgment of women’s rights but from pressure from the Republican hierarchy who don’t want pissed off women going to the polls in November.
Republican Governor Bob McDonnell…a true profile in courage.