On February 22nd governor Bob McDonnell asked the Virginia legislature to amend the required trans-vaginal ultrasound article of the bill. He suggested that the trans-vaginal ultrasound be replaced by a mandatory trans-abdominal ultrasound - which does not require penetration of the vagina - to determine the time of gestation of the fetus. In requiring the changes, he stated the following:
“It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, trans-abdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent"
The bill is still being reformed, but it is certain that the version which the Governor signs will not include required trans-vaginal ultrasounds.