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Bob McDonnell folds like a cheap tent

"Bob McDonnell folds like a cheap tent" Continued...

Two more Virginia pro-life bills are waiting in the wings (a personhood bill and another ending state Medicaid funding for abortions), as well as much other conservative legislation that will require McDonnell's signature, should these bills survive, so pro-lifers were diplomatic. "We are extremely disappointed in this outcome," Victoria Cobb, president of the Richmond-based Family Foundation, said after Wednesday's vote.

But given McDonnell's action, she reasoned, a mandated external ultrasound law beats nothing at all.

"If an ultrasound bill does not ultimately pass the General Assembly this year it would be, in our opinion, a far worse outcome than the amendments that passed today. For this reason, we ceased our opposition to the amendments," she said.

On the other hand, if McDonnell balked at an ultrasound bill, the chances that he'll sign onto personhood legislation-regardless whether such a bill is even good legal strategy-at this point-seem pretty slim.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Les Sillars
Les Sillars

Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and is the editor of WORLD's Mailbag section.

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