Virginia Legislature Stalls On Anti-Abortion Bills As Protestors Rail Outside
Two anti-abortion bills up for votes in the Virginia House of Delegates are being delayed. Mandatory ultrasounds and adoption rules are involved.
Senate Bill 484, sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, would require an ultrasound of every female seeking an abortion and the opportunity to view the image of her fetus prior to the procedure.
Opponents have decried the legislation as wildly invasive, noting that early in a woman’s pregnancy, the only method of ultrasound available to doctors would be trans-vaginal.
In a floor speech, Del. L. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, said it would require women to “submit to involuntary vaginal penetration.”
The adoption bill seems to target gay parents.
Senate Bill 349, sponsored by Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, would allow private adoption agencies to deny placement services to children and prospective parents who don’t share their beliefs.
Opponents claim the bill targets same-sex couples.
Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, said the bills being carried over for the day had nothing to do with the crowds amassing outside.Click here for reuse options!
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