Senate Republicans in Virginia are scheduled for a key vote on a contentious House bill that requires women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasound.
The bill was amended to delete a provision mandating an invasive procedure using a vaginal probe that emits ultrasound waves. The bill before the Senate now requires only an external abdominal ultrasound.
But the change did little to placate women's groups, abortion rights activists and others outraged at legislation that provoked protests at Virginia's Capitol and ridicule for Republicans by television comedians, columnists and political talk shows.
In a Senate evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling would cast the decisive vote. A Senate version of the bill was killed last week.