Friday, February 24, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3682 - Update: HB462 & SB484 - Ultrasound Abortion Bill - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Abortion rights supporter Margaret Doyle of Richmond was ejected from the General Assembly building after a Senate committee vote on the "personhood" bill. - .......The deciding vote on House Bill 462 was cast by Sen. Harry B. Blevins, R-Chesapeake, by proxy. Blevins left the committee room before the roll was called. Earlier in the session, Blevins abstained from a vote to ban abortions in Virginia after 20 weeks, causing the measure to die in the committee. The House ultrasound bill, sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell, was amended in the committee to match a Senate ultrasound bill that was amended on the House floor Wednesday at the request of Gov. Bob McDonnell. The overhaul splits the ultrasound requirement -- mandating trans-abdominal ultrasounds where the procedure can be used to determine gestational age, but making the procedure optional in those cases where an invasive, transvaginal ultrasound is needed to make the determination. That Senate measure passed the House, although its sponsor, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, said Wednesday that she would strike the bill. Byron's bill, having survived the committee under withering testimony from women's rights advocates, now advances to the full Senate.  Read entire article.......... AW: Although I was disappointed in the amended Bill as voted on by the House yesterday, as full disclosure was not made apparent, that all abortion centers would require transvaginal ultrasound 12 weeks and earlier,  judging by the photo above, this is what our legislators were faced with yesterday and today.

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