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Virginia GOP Fails To Pass Abortion Bill Targeting Poor Women

Virginia GOP Fails To Pass Abortion Bill Targeting Poor Women

Virginia Republicans may have managed to pass a controversial and intrusive ultrasound bill, but they failed to pass another mean-spirited abortion measure targeting the state’s poor women.

If it passed HB 62 would have removed funding for abortion for low-income women in cases where a physician has diagnosed that a woman’s fetus will be born with a severe fetal anomaly. It’s a significant victory in a battle that has been marked with one horrible bill after another.

Pro choice advocates celebrated the hard-fought victory. Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL, Pro-Choice Virginia gave the following statement:

“Virginia legislators are starting to see the light on women’s health issues. We are very pleased that the members of this committee recognized how extreme this legislation is as well as its potential impact on women’s health and the most vulnerable of Virginian families.”

“This bill proposed to rip the last safety net out from under women who are already marginalized and suffering a devastating loss. It is cruel and insidious to deny funding for families during these tragic circumstances simply because the depend on the state for their healthcare. No woman plans on having an abortion, but when tragedy strikes, she should not be further traumatized simply due to her financial circumstances,” said Keene.

“This bill was yet another extreme overreach by anti-choice legislators – and yet another bill that has been defeated because of the intense national attention paid to Virginia over the last few weeks. We applaud the senators who recognized the impact this bill would have on poor women and families.”

For now poor women in Virginia were spared the expense and stigma of being forced to carry to term a doomed pregnancy. But if we know anything about the anti-choice movement it’s that we can expect to see this bill again.

 

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6:40PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Craig G. said "Wait a minute, isn't abortion a sin no matter what the reason? If it really is a sin, then unfortunate women must carry their baby full term no matter what the consequences. Any Republicans who have taken pity on these women are hypocrites and don't really trust God to make the final decision."

Hopefully that was intended as sarcasm.

10:58PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Small battle. But still a win.

1:08AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

When will men pass laws regarding their penis, testicles and sperm? While they're at it, what about drugs like Viagra? Why is a man not required to use a condom unless they both want children? Sorry those of you whose religious tradition says you can't use birth control. No more sex for pleasure for you. Oh that's right too. Sex is only for procreation, not pleasure.

10:30PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thank you for the news.

9:24PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Well they got one right for a change.

9:06PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Wait a minute, isn't abortion a sin no matter what the reason? If it really is a sin, then unfortunate women must carry their baby full term no matter what the consequences. Any Republicans who have taken pity on these women are hypocrites and don't really trust God to make the final decision.

4:55PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

They sure as hell better keep they're grubby mits off my daughters.

2:07PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Barbara L is obviously not an American. If she were, she would realize that, in a Republic, taxes are allocated based on the needs of the majority. I personally don't want to see sixty cents of every dollar I pay in taxes going to a bloated, inefficient military/security industry; money that is wasted because of poor choices, like overthrowing Iran in 1953, or insisting on spoon-feeding oil companies instead of investing in alternative energy. To put that in simpler terms that maybe she can understand - we don't give a rat's ass what you want to spend your tax money on, because the rest of us want it spent there instead of the silly shit I just mentioned.

1:46PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Sorry I meant to say one more thing to this last statement.
2) "If you want to have un protected sex then YOU will have to deal with the outcome (whether it is wanted or not)."

Making a choice, no matter what we decide, IS dealing with the outcome! Get a brain!

1:40PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Barbara L., you stated: 1) "I do not care who you are, man or woman, ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for YOUR actions."

We women ARE responsible for our actions! Using my brain to make a difficult choice that only I can make is more responsible for my actions than NOT making a choice and having a baby eternally imprisoned by being hooked up to life-support and other miserable equipment & tubes and medication, PT, etc., that YOU, the TAXPAYER will be paying for, for the rest of that poor person's life.

2) "If you want to have un protected sex then YOU will have to deal with the outcome (whether it is wanted or not)."

And what makes you think that all unwanted/malformed pregnancies are caused by unprotected sex? And anyway, protected or unprotected shouldn't matter. Get a brain!

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