Sunday, April 7, 2013
Virginia's legislature passed an amendment prohibiting some insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.
This week, Virginia’s legislature approved a measure by Gov. Bob McDonnell that prohibits certain health insurance companies from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. The exceptions to the insurance coverage rule are in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. While the new Virginia legislation isn’t as restrictive of abortions as recent legislation passed in North Dakota and Alabama, critics are concerned about the financial effect the legislation may have on a woman’s decision. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” The Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
House passes amended bill that does not require internal sonogram after governor changes course.
Update, 4:33 p.m. Wednesday: The Virginia House of Delegates passed on Wednesday a revised version of a GOP-sponsored informed consent bill (HB462) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before having an abortion. The new bill, which requires women to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound rather than a more invasive transvaginal ultrasound, passed by a vote of 65-32. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revoked his support for the original bill minutes before the House began debate, saying that the government did not have the power to require the transvaginal procedure. The amended bill now returns to the Senate where its sponsor, Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester), has said she will strike the legislation. A …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns bashing bills before the Virginia Assembly on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend
UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) shifted his support on Wednesday of the ultrasound bill before the General Assembly that would require women to undergo a mandatory ultrasound before getting an abortion. In a press release issued Wednesday, McDonnell reaffirmed his pro-life stance and belief that government has a duty to protect human life, but noted that after meeting with other governors, physicians, attorneys, legislators, advocacy groups and citizens he sees no need for an invasive mandate. ____________________________________________ Original story: Tuesday, Feb. 21 The Virginia House of Delegates delayed final voting again on Tuesday on the Senate-passed version of a bill that would require women to …
Virginia state legislature receiving national attention for reproductive issues.
Monday, February 20, 2012
A place where Personhood is not going to fly? That would be Reston.
The culture war battle is firmly in Virginia this month as bills regarding Personhood and mandating sonograms for all pregnant women seeking an abortion make their way through the Virginia General Assembly. Northern Virginia has long sung a different political tune than the rest of the state, as longtime Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) often points out. One of the centers of liberalism? That would be Reston, which Plum has represented consistently since 1982. Plum met with citizens on Saturday at Reston Community Center Lake Anne. He held an informal community meeting to hear what was on constiuents' minds. They did not mince words. "I want you to sue," said one man, his voice breaking. "Mandating sonograms has got to be against the Constitution…
Friday, September 16, 2011
Move could severely limit access in commonwealth.