Va. Senate passes ultrasound repeal bill
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.