McDonnell discusses ultrasound bill

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It is only one step away from becoming law in Virginia. Legislation that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before the procedure is sitting on Governor Bob McDonnell's desk.

It is widely expected that Governor McDonnell will sign the bill into law. He has until Friday to do so.

Today on MSNBC, McDonnell defended the legislation, which he helped to modify in order to get passed.

In an interview on "Andrea Mitchell Reports", McDonnell, who is considered on the short list of potential vice presidential prospects, said the legislation is appropriate and in line with what many other states across the country have successfully implemented.

The reaction in Virginia has been strong with large gatherings at the capitol aimed at convincing the governor to veto the bill.

McDonnell did say definitively which way he would go, but it's clear he is ready to move on from this discussion.

"These are important discussions, voters want to know where a candidate stands on this important moral issues, that is not what is going to drive the election. Polls are a snapshot in time and what people want is to make the nation the hope of the earth," said Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell proposed a modified version of the bill which no longer requires woman to undergo a "transvaginal" ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Abortion rights advocates still oppose that version of the bill.

McDonnell's national interview was in a high profile spot. He was on right before the president's press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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