RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A trans-vaginal wand is part of a campaign television ad in a North Carolina legislative race.
Democrat Deb Butler of Wilmington is running a commercial this week in which she holds a wand used to perform a medically invasive form of an ultrasound. Butler calls the wand Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby's "contribution to women's health."
Goolsby voted for a 2011 law that would require a woman to receive an ultrasound four hours before she gets an abortion. A federal judge has since blocked enforcement of that provision and others related to the ultrasound.
The law doesn't require use of a trans-vaginal wand, but such devices often are necessary for an ultrasound early in a pregnancy.