Senator Ralph Northam introduced a bill in the Virginia Senate to give legislators the opportunity to redeem themselves and to remove Virginia from the embarrassment list. His efforts failed. It was last year during the legislative session that Virginia became the laughing stock of the nation, especially late at night because of their governor, Governor Ultra-Sound.
In all, the members of the Senate Health and Education Committee, had 3 reproductive rights bills to consider. Only 1 made it out of committee. 2 were staked by an 8-7 Republican vote.
According to the Huffingtonpost.com:
A Republican-controlled committee in the Virginia State Senate voted 8-7 on Thursday to block Democrats’ efforts to repeal a new mandatory ultrasound law and a set of regulations that could shut down many abortion clinics in the state. The committee also voted down a new anti-abortion bill that would have prevented Medicaid from paying for low-income women’s abortions in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly.
Virginia Republicans attracted national criticism in early 2012 when they proposed a bill requiring women to undergo invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound procedures before having an abortion. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) later helped Republicans revise the bill to require only external, “jelly-on-the-belly” procedures, and he signed that version into law.
State Sen. Ralph Northam (D), the only physician in the senate, proposed a bill that would repeal the mandatory ultrasound law because he says it violates the privacy and sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. “I am giving you the opportunity to right the wrong committed last year,” he told committee members on Thursday.
The Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia American College of Obstetricians testified in favor of repealing the ultrasound bill, echoing Northam’s concerns.
As it turns out, the only purpose the ultra-sound will serve is to make abortion even more expensive for those undergoing the procedure. The TRAP laws will remain and abortion clinics will be the only outpatient services that must comply with hospital-like regulations. This situation invites an future lawsuit.
Let’s see who the worthless dogs are who voted to keep these absurd laws: Look for an R. You will find the votes affirming ultra sound and TARP rules:
- Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) Chair
- Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)
- Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)
- Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)
- Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)
- Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg)
- Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
- Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
- Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)
- Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)
- Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)
- Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)
- Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)
- Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)
- Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)
A slight note of semi-redemption goes to Sen. Harry Blevins. He did cross over and vote no to a bill that would cut medicaid to women with severe fetal anomaly.
Hopefully those senators are embarrassed for their blatant attempt to cause further hardship to the women of Virginia.
Note: Sen. Dick Black is also a PWC senator.