Attempt to send ultrasound bill to committee fails

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An attempt by House Democrats to send the controversial ultrasound bill back to the Courts of Justice Committee failed 33-67, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The failed bid means the measure could come back up for debate Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Washington Post, Governor Bob McDonnell is saying he is backing away from full support of the bill. He plans to work on a compromise to the ultrasound bill after getting a lot of national attention.

House leaders have put off a vote for two days in a row now.

Many groups have been pressuring lawmakers not to pass the controversial bill.

Senate leaders want to require all women to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion. Many opponents say this requirement would take away women's rights — altering abortion and birth control rights in Virginia.

More than 1,200 women supported their rights at the capitol Monday, fighting back against the ultrasound probe.

Supporters of senate bill 484 say the ultrasound method is already a normal method, but many people fell it's unfair to require it before having an abortion.

The bill will go before the chamber for a vote Wednesday.

Many Democrats say they want to change the measure on the floor so the ultrasound would be a choice and not a obligation.

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