Pro-Choice Bill Faces Roadblock

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A bill in the General Assembly that would repeal the state law requiring women to have an ultrasound before seeking an abortion faced a roadblock on Friday.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, a House of Delegates subcommittee on Friday killed Senate Bill 617, the bill that would have repealed the ultrasound mandate.

"I believe in the value of human life, so any bills that come before the state that are protective of human life, I'm certainly in favor of that," said Rev. Ken Shuping, a chaplain with James Madison University's Catholic Campus Ministry.

Shuping is in favor of the law that stands now, which requires women to have ultrasounds before an abortion. This session, S.B. 617 aimed to repeal that law.

"The idea is that would discourage them, having seen a living live fetus that they would then be less willing to have an abortion," said David McQuilkin, a pro-choice political analyst. "I think the dignity of a woman deserves to have the right that she sees fit for her circumstance."

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