Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has refused to take a position on the controversial bill working its way through the Virginia statehouse that would require women to have an ultrasound before they could have an abortion.
The bill has caused much controversy in the state, partly because the measure would have force some in the early stages of pregnancy to undergo an intra-vaginal ultrasound. After the controversy boiled over, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) asked for the bill to be modified to exclude that provision, but the bill is still pending and will likely be come up for a vote Tuesday.
While Allen came out in favor of another bill, now deferred until next year, that would redefine "personhood" as beginning at fertilization in the state, he has carefully avoided taking a position on the ultrasound bill.