Lifesite News, by Anthony Murdoch: On [January 28th and 29th], the Virginia House and Senate respectively both voted to allow non-doctors to commit abortions and to end the requirement [that] women be given pre-abortion ultrasounds, counseling, and a 24-hour waiting period.
The Senate voted 20-20 on the bill, with Democrat Sen. Joe Morrissey bucking his party’s line and Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax breaking the tie. The bills also loosen health and safety requirements for abortion facilities.
Any discrepancies between the House and Senate versions of the bill will have to be resolved before it is signed into law.
Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia, NARAL, and pro-abortion legislators celebrated the advancement of the bills.
The House bill would expand who can commit abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy from just physicians to midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants. The Senate bill only allows nurse practitioners and midwives, not physicians’ assistants, to commit abortions. The bills also remove requirements for a 24-hour waiting period before an expectant mother has an abortion, pre-abortion counseling, and an ultrasound. Ultrasounds are routinely performed as part of abortions anyway, to determine the age of the baby being killed.
Showing women their babies on an ultrasound has been shown to help reduce abortion rates.
In November 2019, for the first time in 26 years Democrats won control of both chambers of the Virginia legislature and governorship despite their top three officials being embroiled in blackface, pro-infanticide, and sexual assault scandals. Virginia Democrats promised to make the commonwealth a “safe haven” for abortion.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12.