Virginia Democrats Defeat Glenn Youngkin’s 15-Week Abortion Ban

The defeat of three anti-abortion payments got here simply weeks after Democrats received a vital state Senate race.

Virginia state Senate Democrats in an training and well being subcommittee defeated a collection of anti-abortion measures on Thursday, thwarting Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) efforts to shorten the timeframe wherein Virginia residents can acquire the process by a number of weeks.

Democrats have been capable of block a number of anti-abortion proposals largely on account of profitable a particular election for a state Senate seat earlier this month, which solidified their majority in that chamber by a two-vote margin. State Sen. Aaron Rouse (D) narrowly defeated Republican Kevin Adams partly by campaigning on preserving abortion rights within the state intact following final yr’s federal Supreme Courtroom ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Democrats acknowledged that their victories on Thursday have been aided by that election win and others prefer it through the 2022 midterms.

“So long as Senate Democrats have our majority, the brick wall will stand robust and these excessive payments won’t ever go,” Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D) said after the three payments have been defeated.

A number of anti-abortion measures are at the moment into consideration within the Republican-controlled Home of Delegates, however until there are monumental adjustments within the state Senate, these measures are additionally unlikely to go.

The Youngkin-backed anti-abortion invoice, which the governor had included as a part of his state finances, would have banned all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy save for pregnancies that have been the results of rape or incest or that threatened the well being of a pregnant particular person. Youngkin marketed the invoice as a “compromise,” however as abortion rights advocates ceaselessly notice, 15-week abortion bans are harmful, as points with the fetus and different potential well being issues for individuals who are pregnant typically aren’t recognized till the second trimester. The invoice additionally would have amended present requirements for what sorts of well being points could possibly be thought-about, excluding consideration of the pregnant person’s emotional or psychological health.

One other provision batted down by Democrats would have banned all abortions within the third trimester. Such abortions are already forbidden by Virginia regulation — normally previous week 26 of a being pregnant — until an individual’s well being is in danger. The invoice would have additional entrenched that normal, making it tougher to acquire life-saving abortions by requiring at least three separate physicians to sign off on an abortion at that stage of being pregnant.

A 3rd invoice, essentially the most unlikely to have handed a full state Senate vote, would have banned abortion at each stage of being pregnant, solely permitting the process in instances of rape or incest, or when needed to save lots of the lifetime of the pregnant particular person.

Democratic lawmakers and abortion rights advocacy teams lauded the defeat of the three payments. Lucas, who serves on the subcommittee that blocked the laws, shared on social media a picture of her disposing of copies of the payments in her workplace’s trash receptacle.

“All of Glenn Youngkin’s payments to restrict abortion rights come to my committee. I put them straight into my trash can,” Lucas wrote in her tweet.

In an announcement celebrating the actions taken on Thursday, Jamie Lockhart, govt director of Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, famous that the abortion payments would have endangered Virginia residents had they handed.

“All three of the harmful anti-abortion proposals earlier than this committee represented grave threats to Virginians’ well being and rights, and we’re thrilled to now have a good time their defeat,” Lockhart said.