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NRLC Urges Final Passage of Ultrasound Bill in Virginia

Feb 23, 2012 | 2012 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, called on the Virginia State Senate to stand up for women and their unborn children by quickly bringing SB 484, as amended by the House of Delegates yesterday, to the floor for a final vote. SB 484 ensures that women in the Commonwealth are given the full range of information necessary before undergoing an abortion procedure.

“The commotion and misinformation over this protective law has been an outrageous disservice to the women of Virginia. Opposing this bill protects the abortion industry’s financial interest at the cost of women’s well-being,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee.

“We commend Governor Bob McDonnell for his steadfast leadership and commitment to protecting the women and the children of Virginia. We thank the Virginia House of Delegates for acting quickly to return the ultrasound bill to the Senate for final passage,” said Balch.

SB 484 allows mothers an opportunity to view their unborn child on an ultrasound, and then provides an appropriate waiting period before rushing her through an abortion. Originally passed by the Virginia State Senate on February 1, the bill passed by the Virginia House of Delegates contains an amendment, urged by Governor McDonnell, which would clarify that only a trans-abdominal ultrasound is necessary to meet the requirements of the bill.

According to reports from the National Abortion Federation, ultrasounds are already in common usage by abortionists to determine the gestational age of the unborn child. However, the screen is hidden from the mother’s view.

“The more women are informed, the more empowered they are to keep their children. It’s tragic that a healthcare provider can’t be trusted to provide this basic medical information to their patients, but because a life-affirming choice takes business away from the abortionist, they will often hide all the facts of abortion and the child’s development from mothers,” added Balch.

 “We applaud the tireless work of the Virginia Society for Human Life for making this legislation a top priority, and we join with them in encouraging the Virginia Senate to take a stand for mothers by prompt passage of SB 484,” said Balch.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.