Virginia Committee Panels—Where all Reproductive Legislation Goes to Die

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Virginia Committee Panels—Where all Reproductive Legislation Goes to Die

Robin Marty

Nothing made it out of the Virginia assembly's committee when it comes to abortion bills. That's good news and bad news for reproductive rights supporters.

The good news—low income women in Virginia won’t be forced to give birth to fetuses incompatible with life just because they have Medicaid.

The bad news? They, and all other women seeking an abortion, will still have to undergo a forced, medically-unnecessary ultrasound and scramble to find a clinic that can perform an abortion.

The Education and Health Committee blocked a bill that would have denied paying for abortions for women who use medicaid and learn that the fetus has a life threatening anomaly, a move that would likely force those women to carry to term based on the high costs and low availability of a later abortion.

Sadly, the same committee also voted to table proposals offered by pro-choice legislators that would repeal the state’s new mandatory forced ultrasound law and the much-maligned TRAP legislation that will force most clinics in the state to undergo costly, unnecessary reconstruction and administrative changes, or close them down all together.

Sex. Abortion. Parenthood. Power.

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The repeal bills failed on a straight party vote, and will not reach the floor for full consideration.