Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) reversed course Wednesday and said he is asking the General Assembly to amend the proposed bill requiring ultrasounds before an abortion to make the procedure optional. In a lengthy statement, McDonnell said he is “pro-life” but that “there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done.” “Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,’’ he said. “No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.” The Washington Post reported Wednesday that McDonnell (R) had backed off his unconditional support the bill. Up until last weekend, McDonnell and his aides had said the governor would sign the measure if it made it to his desk. House Republican leaders are expected to to amend the bill Wednesday afternoon.