Scott Walker would sign abortion ultrasound bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he will sign a bill requiring women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds.

"I don't have any problem with ultrasound," Walker said Tuesday, according to the AP. "I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine."

Such measures have proven controversial in other states, perhaps most notably last year in Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) initially supported legislation that would require transvaginal ultrasounds but eventually moved to soften the measure.

The measure in Wisconsin, notably, doesn't require transvaginal ultrasounds -- the most controversial aspect of the Virginia legislation. Instead, it allows women to choose between transvaginal ultrasounds and less-invasive abdominal ultrasounds.

That hasn't stopped Democrats from decrying the bill as intrusive. They say it is aimed at intimidating women who are seeking abortions and argued that some clinics may force women to undergo the more invasive ultrasound.

Separately, the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is expected to vote on a measure that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Similar bills (some more stringent than that) have been passed in several GOP-controlled state legislatures in recent months.

Currently, abortions are generally allowed until 24 weeks -- the point at which a fetus reaches "viability."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · June 12, 2013