Virginia Legislators approve Anti-Abortion Bills

Valentines Day for Virginia Lawmakers devolved into a heated affair, with fireworks of the non-traditional variety, typically associated with this occasion. Two highly controversial bills advanced through the Virginia House of Delegates.

The first Bill passed which through the House of Delegates mandates women, prior to obtaining an abortion; receive an invasive “Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound” procedure. The second Bill which passed the House of Delegates states Life begins at conception, better known as the Personhood Bill.

Republican State Legislative Leader C. Todd Gilbert, a proponent of the invasive procedure, debated his point of view that abortion was nothing more than a “lifestyle convenience” for women. Democratic lawmakers’ objected to the mandate, offering an Amendment which would require consent. The Amendment was voted down among party lines.

The response from another Republican supporter of the invasive procedure towards this request for women’s consent was even more repulsive. According to Democratic Delegate David Englin, the lawmaker had told him that consent was unnecessary since women had already made the decision to be vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

The bill passed overwhelmingly with a 63-36 margin. A similar bill previously passed in the State Senate. The final version of the bill is expected to be signed into law from Governor Bob McDonnell prior to the end of the legislative session in March.

In the second course of business on the Virginia House floor this Valentines Day, Republican Representative Bob Marshall introduced the ‘Anti-Abortion Anti-Birth Control’ Personhood Bill. The bill defines personhood through the stipulation that Life begins at conception, essentially, giving a fertilized egg the rights of a person.

The Personhood Bill reads as follows; “unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the commonwealth.”

The House voted down a proposed Amendment by Democratic Representative Vivian Watts to ensure contraceptives would be protected from the proposed legislation. The Amendment was overwhelmingly rejected through a party line vote.

It remains unseen what action the Senate will take, but supporters of the bill believe it has a good chance of passing. If prior events are any indications of future intentions, one would tend to agree with the consensus that prospects are likely for the bill to pass.

Governor McDonnell would only say he would review the measure if the Senate sent it to his desk. The Republican Governor of Virginia is widely held as a short list contender for the Republican ticket as their Vice Presidential Nominee.

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you Express10 for your considered opinion as well as adding substance to the hub. Excellent information you have provided for those watching this legislation. Once again, I appreciate the update.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Virginia native here, and Gov. McDonnell signed the personhood bill without the invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound. The ultrasound will be abdominal or abortion providers will be fined for each violation.

I don't like the fact that only the victims of rape and incest who report their attacks to police would be exempt. One of the top this, one of the top killers of pregnant women is...their boyfriends/hubbies/baby daddies.

The fact that the procedure is not free to many women who are simply unable to bear the costs of it, let alone the birth and care for a child. I don't believe abortion should ever be used as birth control but I also believe that this law is not in the best interests of a huge number of women.

I do believe that many more people should really think about contraception prior to getting pregnant however, there are cases where contraception fails and there are cases where rape and incest victims are threatened if they go to police.

This is a great hub and I just wanted to update you.


dan 4 years ago

Michelle Travis you just said it yourself "So even if the mother is going to die, she may not have an abortion. So that means 2 people will die instead of just one." So you do beleive that they are killing someone when an abortion is done.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I'm the uniformed guy. So, I'll respond to the personhood issue this way. When my son told me his girlfriend was pregnant; needless to say he had my attention. So, when they said they were not having an abortion, I was proud, happy, elated and relieved. I have a Granddaughter. I don't know what legal measures can be imposed respecting the personal beliefs between an individual and their creator.


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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Two questions, gjfalcone. First, are you the guy with the glasses or the one in uniform?

Second, with our current knowledge of DNA as a personality determinant, would conception be the medically logical place to start 'personhood' in whatever legislation is offered? I know citizenship starts at birth, according to the Fourteenth Amendment, so pro-lifers should go for a new Amendment, I think.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Good AM Cred2. Since my attempts at an intervention have failed, I suppose its time for Rehab or maybe they need to go to Miliary school.A mystery indeed. Thanks as always for your perspective.


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Great hub, gjffalcone, it appears that the arrogance of the conservatives continue to rear its ugly head. The rightwinger is determined to introduce the rack hanger in Female Reproductive issues, not surprised. But I am surprised how many women still support these folks. a mystery wrapped in an enigma.....

sounds like a lot of the nonsense that has been going on in Texas


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I apologize if my response to your comment came off as a critisism. I'm sure you know I didn't mean it as such. I felt the need to point it out partly because of complexities of an issue I'm not comfortable discussing and partly because I was concerned I gave the impression it was a done deal. The latter reason because I happen to believe it will be signed into law. I hope you are right regarding this issue. As you have said, regardless of the outcome, the matter in seared in our memory. It was the reason I gave in to my discomfort with discussing the topic.

As always I appreciate you comments. As I have said they add relevance as well as substance to the hubs. Thank you for you compliments.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

glf I know they have not been signed into law. It was just what I felt about it. Do, they not know how this will effect how women will vote? To be honest, I do not think it will be signed into law. But, I do not forget what politician do, what they vote for. So, when I vote, I remember what they have done. That is about all I meant to say. This is a very good hub, your hubs are all very good.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

As of this specific moment, I believe neither of these bills have not been signed into law by the Governor of Virginia. I suppose the scenario you have outlined in extremely possible. I also expect both bills to be challenged at the Supreme court level prior to their implementation. Thanks for your comments and concerns Michele. I imagine many will be watching the impending decisions.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

So even if the mother is going to die, she may not have an abortion. So that means 2 people will die instead of just one. hmm... sounds like they would rather kill 2 people instead of one. Is that a good thing?


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I would imagine the people of Virginia will follow suit with, as did Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Maine and Indiana, to exhibit some degree of disagreement, if they protest this legislative action. We shall see. Thanks as always for your comments HS.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments Onusonus


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Onusonus 4 years ago from washington

Ah a small victory in Virginia! Good for them.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub GJF. This new Virginia legislation is abominable and should be overturned. I hope women come out to vote in droves to put the Republicans out of office. They have no business passing this piece of garbage.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks as always for your substantive commentary Sooner28. I find it confounding; the Republican Party insists on alienating themselves with respect to populace consensus issues. it's self destructive in nature, the ramifications of which may result in losing seats in the U.S. House, Senate and White House; in addition to State House, Senate and Gubernatorial races.


Sooner28 4 years ago

Very informative hub Gjfalcone! It's typical of the right to attack reproductive rights.

A fertilized egg is NOT equivalent to a human being. Medical authorities do not even say as such. It's a complete leap of the most horrific kind of logic that a fertilized egg is equivalent to you or I. There's also the whole issue of sentience not occurring until around week 25, but that's another story.

It's also telling that this is more about controlling women in the sense that Republicans are not the ones who fight for financial assistance to low income mothers. Instead, we have the race baiting Reagan's "welfare queen" still living today. It's just a sad state of affairs in America right now.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for the complimentary comments Maxoxam41. They Red States seem as though they can't let go of the Aborton and Contraception issue. I wonder if this will be under covered as were other similar measures attempted by Mississippi and Colorado.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

Good hub as usual! As citizens we are heading to a world of less freedom!

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