In March of 2012, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was in trouble. The Republican-dominated state legislature had passed a measure that would require women in the early stages of pregnancy to have a transvaginal sonogram?a procedure in which a wand is inserted into the vagina. Pro-choice activists jumped on the bill, calling it ?state-sanctioned rape.? The outrage went national, and the conservative governor with aspirations to higher office backed off. A version of the sonogram bill did make it into law, but it does not specifically require transvaginal sonograms, just the better-known ?jelly on the belly? type.
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