-- The new version of the controversial fetal ultrasound measure was approved by the Senate Education and Health Committee Thursday morning.
The bill, which passed on an 8-7 party line vote, does not require women to have an invasive transvaginal ultrasound before receiving an abortion. It still requires an external abdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion, followed by a 24-hour wait period.
The new version was prompted after Gov. Bob McDonnell and Republican lawmakers backed away from requiring tansvaginal ultrasounds 24 hours before having an abortion procedure done, after protests by opponents and national media attention to the measure intensified in the past two weeks.
The full House of Delegates passed the new version of the measure after GOP lawmakers and the governor worked out a compromise requiring only a transabdominal ultrasound, with transvaginal being optional if a doctor and patient feel it's necessary.