National ridicule and controversy surround Va. abortion debate

WASHINGTON – Virginia’s effort to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion continues to spark protest — and ridicule — as Gov. Bob McDonnell weighs the political implications of each bill.

Mandating the procedure called “intrusive” by opponents of the law has drawn national attention. First “Saturday Night Live” took on Virginia’s ultrasound legislation and “personhood” legislation.

Watch below as Amy Poehler and Seth Myers debate the merits of both proposals:

About the proposal requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Poehler says “I love transvaginal. It’s my favorite airline. I got so many miles on transvaginal that I always get upgraded to lady business.”

And Tuesday night, Jon Stewart ridiculed the law on “The Daily Show,” which could be finalized Wednesday.

Watch below as Stewart discusses both proposed bills:

Stewart targets McDonnell who has complained about intrusive TSA patdowns on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program.

McDonnell, who has been mentioned often as a potential vice presidential candidate, had originally backed the bill but now a spokesman says he will not commit to it until he sees the final version.

That has prompted criticism from abortion rights opponents like Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican.

“What’s more important, serving the common good or pursuing public office?” Marshall says.

There are reports of a behind-the-scenes effort that could amend the bill before it’s passed.

WTOP’s Hank Silverberg contributed to this story. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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