The Associated Press reports:
Virginia Senate Democrats defeated several bills Thursday that would have restricted abortion access in the state, including a proposed 15-week ban with exceptions that was a priority for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
The Senate Committee on Education and Health voted the measures down on a party-line basis without debate after a subcommittee had previously recommended that they be defeated.
Youngkin’s spokeswoman, Macaulay Porter, said Senate Democrats had “solidified their extreme position.” Porter said Democrats were acting against the will of Virginians who want “a reasonable compromise on abortion” in “advocating for abortion anytime and anywhere.”
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All of Glenn Youngkin’s bills to limit abortion rights come to my committee.
I put them straight into my trash can. pic.twitter.com/yVOXPE11X4
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) January 25, 2023
The Virginia governor introduced the idea of a 15-week ban last year, likely to bolster his anti-abortion record before a 2024 presidential run. https://t.co/nlezeQKHjH
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) January 26, 2023