Sunday, January 29, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3609 -SB484 - Historic Ultrasound Passage in Senate Education and Health Committee - Family Foundation E












What a difference one election makes!  This morning, the Senate Education and Health committee voted 8-7 to advance to the full Senate, SB 484, a bill patroned by Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27, Winchester) that updates Virginia’s informed consent law to require a woman to have an ultrasound performed prior to an abortion and offer her the opportunity to view it if she so chooses. Senator Ralph Smith (R-19, Roanoke) patroned a very similar bill that was incorporated into SB 484.  Today’s victory was the first passage of a substantial pro-life bill through the Senate Education and Health committee in nine years, a truly historic moment for pro-life Virginians.  Both proponents and opponents of the bill showed up in full force this morning. Organizations submitting testimony in favor of the bill included The Family Foundation, Americans United for Life, the Virginia Society for Human Life, the Virginia Catholic Conference, and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists. Additionally, the committee heard testimony from Dr. John Kuta, a radiologist from the Richmond area, who spoke to the medical efficacy of the bill. Dr. Kuta brilliantly refuted numerous arguments from Senator (and Doctor) Ralph Northam (D-6, Virginia Beach) who is an avid opponent of the ultrasound bill. In addition to Dr. Kuta, a Family Foundation supporter and her son testified about their personal story regarding an ultrasound. The mother who testified, adopted her son at birth after his birth mother had an ultrasound and decided to continue her pregnancy instead of having an abortion.  Read more.......

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