Democrats Ask McDonnell To Fund Mandated Ultrasounds

The Virginia legislature passed a GOP-backed anti-abortion measure requiring women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion, which Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) promptly signed even though the unnecessary procedure adds an extra cost burden for women. Now, Democrats in the state Senate want McDonnell to support a budget modification that would require the state or insurance companies to cover the cost of the mandatory procedure. “While this will not change the inappropriateness of the legislation, it will, at least, ameliorate the financial burden,” Democrats wrote in a letter to McDonnell. The governor’s communications director dismissed the request as “political games.”