Virginia House Approves Abortion Bills by Wide Margins, Senate Battle Tougher

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 1,

Richmond, VA ( — The Virginia House of Delegates passed two abortion bills on Friday by wide margins, including a measure requiring abortion practitioners to allow women to seen an ultrasound of their unborn child and another about a baby’s abortion pain. The bills now head to the Senate where they will have a tougher time getting approval.

The House backed HB 1315, a measure by Delegate Kathy Byron, that requires allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.

Pro-life groups hope it will give women more information about the development of their baby and encourage them against an abortion. The House approved the bill on a 62-37 margin.

The second measure, HB 1556, requires abortion facilities to give women information about the pain a baby feels during the abortion procedure.

Delegate Ben Cline’s bill would have the abortion centers tell women an unborn child may feel during an abortion done when the unborn child is more than 20 weeks gestation and the House passed it 68-31.

Abortion advocates who opposed the bills said they make it harder for women to get abortions.

Byron’s measure also gives women a chance to give the baby anesthesia before the abortion to lessen the pain associated with it.

Political observers say the bills may have a tough time in the Senate where Democrats control the chamber and pro-abortion lawmakers may not let them come up for a vote.

Last week, the Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill that makes abortion facilities meet the same health standards as legitimate surgical centers.

The House voted 60-37 for the measure, which requires abortion centers to receive regular inspections from the state health department and to comply with various medical requirements.

The Family Foundation, Virginia Society for Human Life and the Virginia Catholic Conference are working in conjunction to support the measure and other pro-life bills.

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