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House subcommittee kills ‘mandatory ultrasound’ repeal effort

A House of Delegates subcommittee today killed an effort by Senate Democrats to repeal the controversial 2012 “mandatory ultrasound” bill that required women seeking an abortion to undergo an abdominal ultrasound.

The Criminal Law Subcommittee on the House Committee on Courts of Justice by a voice vote scrapped SB 617, the repeal bill, which passed the state Senate earlier this week on a party-line vote, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam using his tie-breaking authority in the 20-Republican, 20-Democrat upper chamber.

The repeal legislation was patroned by state Sen. Mamie Locke (D-2nd) and supported by local state Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33rd). It was unlikely the measure was going to advance through the Republican-controlled House.

No Loudoun delegates serve on the House Criminal Law Subcommittee, which also holds a GOP majority.


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