Virginia Shelves Personhood

Score one for the women.

In a 24-14 vote the Virginia Senate shelved H.B.1, the state’s personhood bill, sending it back to committee to be taken up again in 2013. The bill had been expected to pass the full Senate and be signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). The House had already passed its version.

Virginia was the third state this year to have a personhood measure pass at least one chamber, behind North Dakota and Alabama.

It was the second victory for women’s health in as many days in the state as Republicans walked back their transvaginal ultrasound bill just a smidge.

But lets be clear, these victories, as satisfying as they are, pale in the continued assault on women’s rights. Virginia Republicans still may pass an ultrasound law, and they continue to attack poor women’s health care.

And for the victory in Virginia comes the sobering reminder that mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds are already law in Texas (and really any state covered by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, so add Louisiana and Mississippi to that list).  States like Pennsylvania and Illinois are pushing similar measures. The fight is far from over.

But, a win is a win and we deserve to celebrate. Point: women.

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Lydia Price

Dear Ellen: Yeah, you're missing the fact that the murder of a baby doesn't make you a woman. It makes you a killer. PRO-LIFE!

Deborah Litster
Deborah Litster5 years ago

please don't vote republican

Carole H.
Carole Hagen5 years ago

WOMEN---Keep signing the petitions that help us in our fight for EQUALITY!

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago


Ryana Rogers
Ryana Rogers5 years ago

Do these Zealots realize what ahppens when they take it overboard? for exmaple alot of people do not like Peta ! they thinkthey go overboard and so alot of the stuff peta does people are against well same thing I will prob piss alot of peole off for saying this but I hope more abort ! I hope it back fires sorry I know that sounds awful But i'm doine being nice they are going way beyong stupid!

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

No doubt some GOP zealot will sneak it in as a rider to some other bill totally unrelated. Sigh.

Angel C.
.5 years ago

They'll try again... and keep trying...

Eddie C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Fortunately, there are still more people with common sense than religious zealots. We need to educate people that bringing in more children into broken, unwanted, drug influenced, mentally challenged, violent juvenile conditions is not going to make the world a better place. Humanity is exploding in population. What will happen when the homeless population quadruples, the amount of people who should be in prison when the number of criminals quadruples also, will all be on the street, beating and molesting the children of parents that actually care for their children, because all of the prisons will be overflowing.
Mandatory birth control is very soon on the horizon, if it doesn't come, humanity will see horrors that make the black plague, and the holocaust look like happy times.

Ellen Emerson
Ellen Emerson5 years ago

How long will it be until Women are considered Persons with full equal rights that Men enjoy? The personhood bill would seem to say that a 1 week old embryo has more rights than a woman of any age... am I missing something?

Rosary G.
Rosary G5 years ago

This is all going to keep getting worse as long as we have a majority bought and paid for Supreme Court. All the wackos have to do is get their hate-filled zealotry spouted before the Court and it will be the law of the land. We are in big trouble, folks, until this gang of 5 is gone. And if A Republican gets in as President and/or the Senate goes Republican, we are totally screwed for decades. You ain't seen nothin' yet if that happens.