Democrats in the Senate of Virginia today passed a measure to repeal the controversial 2012 “mandatory ultrasound” bill that required women seeking an abortion to undergo an abdominal ultrasound.
The repeal legislation, SB 617, was patroned by state Sen. Mamie Locke (D-2nd) and supported by local state Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33rd).
“We need to think about the rights of individuals: of women, men and all of us. Because when one group us has their rights threatened, we all have our rights threatened,” Ms. Favola said in a prepared statement. "I'm glad my colleagues agreed and voted to protect women's rights.”
The legislation passed the Senate on a party-line vote, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam using his tie-breaking authority in the 20-Republican, 20-Democrat chamber.
It's unlikely SB 617 will be approved by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
Today is the final day before “crossover” in the General Assembly -- the day legislation that passed one chamber moves to the other for consideration.