RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House of Delegates delayed voting on a controversial bill that would require women to receive a "transvaginal" ultrasound prior to an abortion.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, some lawmakers discussed making the ultrasound legislation optional rather than mandatory.
A vote on ultrasound bill, SB484, was rescheduled for Wednesday, but there was no word at what time that would take place.
On Monday, hundreds of women locked arms and stood mute outside the Virginia State Capitol to protest the wave of anti-abortion legislation coursing through the General Assembly.
The silent protest was over bills that would require "transvaginal" ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, and cut state aid to poor women seeking abortions.
Also on Tuesday, the Senate voted 22-18 to pass a bill allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, including opposition to homosexuality. The House had already passed the bill, which only needs Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature to take effect July 1.
North Dakota is the only other state with such a law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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