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Virginia rolls back protections for the unborn

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/30/20, 12:35 pm

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax broke a tie in the state Senate to repeal abortion laws in the state on Wednesday. Gov. Ralph Northam, a fellow Democrat who stirred up controversy last year for comments about letting infants die after failed late-term abortions, is expected to sign the legislation into law.

What will change? Senate Bill 733 undoes many of the state’s protections for unborn babies, including a requirement that only licensed physicians, not physicians assistants or nurse practitioners, can perform abortions. It also allows facilities to carry out abortions without offering an ultrasound or giving mothers certain information 24 hours in advance. The House of Delegates passed a twin bill earlier this week. Both chambers moved from Republican to Democratic control this month.

Dig deeper: Read Samantha Gobba’s report in Vitals about the Northam controversy and Democrats’ failed effort last year to expand abortion in the state.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 01/30/2020 06:30 pm

    Elections have consequences

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/30/2020 08:08 pm

    Virginia has seen huge citizen pushback to recent Democrat efforts to severely restrict firearms ownership. 

    I hope the good people of Virginia will be as vociferous in standing against abortion. 

  • DakotaLutheran
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 08:39 am

    Recent legislative issues relate to the question as to who should decide who can perform certain medical procedures, including those of conversion therapy and transgender procedures. Here the legislature is deciding who can perform abortions. How ought we make such decisions? State's license doctors, but it is some physician organization that decides what is required. We have enacted legislation to protect patients from "quacks," but who decides what is quackery and what not? We ought to, at the same time, want to protect patient freedom to choose, including recent cases where some parents decided not to treat their child in accordance with current practice.