Virginia’s abortion law, requiring that women seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound, brought unflattering national attention to the state this year.
The issue was brought to attention once again as Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made his third visit to the state. After Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, Ryan acknowledged that his views on abortion would not have the weight of Romney’s.
"Well, look, I’m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of," Ryan said. "But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration."
Romney opposes abortion, but he supports allowing exceptions in cases of rape.