Between 2011 and 2012 several states added an extra hurdle for women seeking abortions by requiring a sonogram before allowing them to have the procedure. In Texas, the new law required that the woman not only undergo the sonogram, but that the doctor explain what was happening during the sonogram. A firestorm erupted in Virginia as the state legislature contemplated a bill that would force women to have a transvaginal ultrasound before an abortion. Conservative lawmakers eventually backed off and passed a law requiring external abdominal sonogram. Virginia became the eighth state to require ultrasounds, joining Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.