VA Gov is backing down?

Well, this is interesting. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, graduate of Regent University who wrote a great thesis about some of the craziest right-wing religious ideology ever placed on paper, has now started to soften his stance on transvaginal ultrasounds (rape) before abortions.

From TPM:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is backing off of the controversial legislation that would require women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion, recommending that the legislature put in amendments to soften the bill and only require a transabdominal ultrasound instead. “Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” McDonnell said in a statement.

Over the past few days, Virginia lawmakers have been considering a bill that would require women to submit to a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound before they can get an abortion, as part of “informed consent.”

The bill has been decried by pro-choice groups and Democrats as needlessly invasive and “akin to rape,” possibly even with criminal implications. Though the state Senate approved it by a vote of 21-18, the House twice delayed a vote on it in the midst of intense media scrutiny, protests outside the capitol and a petition signed by 25,000 people. (more… )