Virginia Backpedals as Abortion Debate Blows Up

Bob McDonnell waffles on signing; media piles on
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Virginia Backpedals as Abortion Debate Blows Up
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is being eyed as a possible vice presidential candidate, making signing the ultrasound bill a political landmine.   (Getty Images)

Besieged by protests, national outcry among feminists, and even an SNL sketch, Virginia is quickly rethinking its pre-abortion ultrasound bill, with the House of Delegates yesterday again delaying a vote, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had initially promised to sign the measure if it reached his desk, is no longer committed to that, reports the Washington Post, noting that many supporters of the bill weren't aware just how invasive the ultrasounds could be.

McDonnell's staff was scrambling to meet with delegates last night to find a compromise, but right now he'll only promise to "review" the bill if it passes a final vote. "They are freaked out by the reaction it's gotten across the country," says a Fairfax Democrat. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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