A pending bill could require women to have an ultrasound before they have an abortion.
The purpose is to determine the gestational age of the fetus.
And while women may be required to have the ultrasound, they do not have to look at the images if they choose not to do so.
This piece of legislation is not without controversy.
Opponents say it is another way to stop abortions, arguing that women will be less likely to abort the fetus after seeing it or hearing the heartbeat.
But proponents argue it will result in safer operations and will help the mother make a more informed decision.
“The ultrasound does reveal a lot about a pregnancy. It reveals life. It reveals gestational age. It reveals accurate location of a pregnancy. It reveals a heartbeat. It reveals a lot of things that I think women are interested in knowing,” said Susan Null, the director of the Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center.
The bill has passed through the House of Delegates and will go to Virginia's Senate for final approval next week.
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