Virginia lawmakers took up a controversial anti-abortion bill that would require women receive trans-vaginal ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion as part of a never-ending assault on women’s reproductive rights and during the floor debate the Republican disdain for women was clear.
State Del. C Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) is a top Republican legislative leader who took the opportunity during floor debate to describe abortion as nothing more than a “lifestyle convenience” for women. Nice.
Democrats tried to amend the bill to require a woman’s consent before a trans-vaginal ultrasound is administered but the Republican-controlled rejected the amendment.
Virginia Democrats criticized Gilbert’s floor statement while Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) told reporters Gilbert’s comments were similar to other Republican comments on the issue. Englin reportedly had a conversation with one GOP lawmaker regarding Englin’s amendment to require consent the lawmaker had told him that consent was unnecessary since women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”
Debate on the bill ended shortly after Gilbert’s statement and the bill passed 63-36. The Senate has already approved a similar bill earlier this month and lawmakers are expected to pass a final version of the ultrasound bill before the end of the legislative session in March. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to sign the bill.
Lawmakers also passed the state’s personhood bill today.
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