According to a report from Breitbart, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced on the Friday before Easter, he signed into law a bill that appeals restrictions on abortion in Virginia.
“No more will legislators in Richmond—most of whom are men—be telling women what they should and should not be doing with their bodies,” Northam said in an accompanying statement. “The Reproductive Health Protection Act will make women and families safer, and I’m proud to sign it into law.”
Medical decisions should be between a woman and her health care providers. I am so glad to see this bill become law here in Virginia, thank you @JennMcClellanVA for leading this charge with me!https://t.co/KGk3rd28At
— Charniele Herring (@C_Herring) April 10, 2020
Today, @GovernorVA signed the Virginia Reproductive Health Protection Act to remove onerous restrictions on a woman’s ability to access abortion care. Proud to have led the charge with @C_Herring on this historic measure.https://t.co/3SDcmJH6ng
— Jennifer McClellan (@JennMcClellanVA) April 10, 2020
Senate Bill 733 and House Bill 980, both of which are the same pieces of legislation, rescind the required 24-hour waiting period, ultrasound, and counseling prior to having an abortion.
The measure also allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
Catherine Glenn Foster, president & CEO of Americans United for Life called the legislation, “horribly destructive,” and “will undermine the role of law to protect and guide.”
Foster said, “This bill lowers the basic, common sense health and safety standards that abortion facilities must meet, degrades women’s care, and will result in unsafe abortionists operating with even more impunity.
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The bill eliminates reflection periods for women seeking an abortion while denying vulnerable women the full truth on what abortion means, what abortion is, and what abortion does.
The most heartbreaking part of this travesty to me personally is its repeal of the lifesaving ultrasound requirement in Virginia. When I went in for my abortion, scared and only 19 years old, I was denied the option to see the ultrasound of my baby. I asked, but the abortion worker said no. Now women all over the commonwealth of Virginia will be denied that basic right as well. It would have changed the course of my life. Women deserve better.”
Let's talk about the Reproductive Health Protection Act and what a BFD it is. A thread. /1
— Jamie Lockhart (@jlock) April 10, 2020
More from Breitbart:
In addition, the measures allow rollback building safety standards in abortion clinics that are required of other outpatient facilities, restrictions Northam and Democrats say are used to force closures of abortion facilities and block access to the procedure.
Democrats said all of the abortion restrictions are unnecessary and make access to abortion more burdensome.
Northam, a pediatric neurologist, created a firestorm and ushered in a national debate about infanticide in late January 2019 when he defended the bill introduced by Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran that would permit terminating the life of an unborn child, even if a woman decides to abort as she is dilating.
Northam said, under the bill, if an infant survives abortion:
If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.