Virginia’s Personhood bill now moves to the full Virginia Senate. ABC7 in Richmond reports:
A bill that would define life as starting at conception has been approved in a key Senate committee.
Eight Republicans voted for the measure, and the committee’s seven Democrats opposed it after an hour-long hearing on the bill that is similar to one in Missouri.
The bill passed after an amendment clarifying that no provision in it would restrict the use of federally approved contraception.
At least three times, the committee chairman, Sen. Steve Martin, threatened to have police remove opponents of the bill after they spoke out during debate.
There are only twenty Democrats in the Virginia Senate, so this bill looks pretty sure to pass.
I want to reiterate what I said on “Melissa Harris-Perry” last weekend: when we talk about giving fetuses Constitutional rights, we are talking about the government forcing women to give birth. Also, it would outlaw most forms of hormonal birth control! Way to go, Virginia!