Advocate Groups Call for Ultrasound Repeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of abortion-rights groups are calling for Virginia lawmakers to repeal a 2012 law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure first.

Advocates from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and other groups at a Capitol news conference Tuesday urged passage of legislation that says a woman has “a fundamental right” to obtain a lawful abortion without restrictions.

The advocates called Virginia’s ultrasound requirement an invasive, medically unnecessary impediment to women seeking a legal medical procedure.

The groups were joined by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democratic candidate for governor.

The measure has little chance of passage in the GOP-controlled General Assembly, where Republicans are promoting several anti-abortion bills.

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