hb462

okay rachel maddow’s blog linked to the wrong version of HB462 and got me all confused. to be honest it’s VA’s legislative information system that’s all fucked up—the most recent full text available is a substitute submitted by opponent Sen. Howell, which is more lenient (and thus a much better bill, although now mostly superfluous, legally):

Prior to the performance of an abortion, a woman may ask to have fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging performed for the purpose of determining gestational age.  This subsection shall not preclude a physician from using any ultrasound imaging that he considers to be medically appropriate pursuant to the standard medical practice in the community.  However, no physician shall coerce a woman into receiving a transabdominal ultrasound that is not medically appropriate.

(emphasis mine)

actual text of version passed:

At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age. If the pregnant woman lives at least 100 miles from the facility where the abortion is to be performed, the fetal ultrasound imaging shall be performed at least two hours before the abortion. The ultrasound image shall contain the dimensions of the fetus and accurately portray the presence of external members and internal organs of the fetus, if present or viewable. Determination of gestational age shall be based upon measurement of the fetus in a manner consistent with standard medical practice in the community for determining gestational age. When only the gestational sac is visible during ultrasound imaging, gestational age may be based upon measurement of the gestational sac. If gestational age cannot be determined by a transabdominal ultrasound, then the patient undergoing the abortion shall be verbally offered other ultrasound imaging to determine gestational age, which she may refuse. A print of the ultrasound image shall be made to document the measurements that have been taken to determine the gestational age of the fetus.

Nothing herein shall preclude the physician from using any ultrasound imaging that he considers to be medically appropriate pursuant to the standard medical practice in the community.

…and some more after that. bullshit, virginia.