WASHINGTON, D.C. (02-28-12) — Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest praised the passage of HB 462, an ultrasound right to know act, in the Virginia Senate, calling it a “common sense measure essential for safeguarding women’s health.”

“We know that ultrasounds save lives,” said Dr. Yoest. “This kind of protection for women is the gold standard of medical care and essential for ensuring women’s safety.  Sonogram legislation is supported by the vast majority of Americans because people understand that women need such vital medical information before a major medical procedure.”

The bill, which passed 21 to 19, requires an external ultrasound prior to an abortion. The bill also requires that the woman be offered the opportunity to view her unborn child.

Dr. Yoest stated, “It’s good to see that the Virginia Senate did not fall prey to the scare tactics and disinformation campaign of the pro-abortion lobby. This bill helps keep abortion providers from exploiting women by giving them the option of getting all the facts about their unborn child before they make that fateful decision for abortion.”

The bill now heads back to the House for consideration where passage is expected.