A state senator who is working on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s legislative effort to ban most abortions after 15 weeks said the app could target doctors’ licenses who violate such a ban.
“There could be doctors whose licenses could be at stake,” Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, said in an interview with Washington’s WTOP radio. “The state licensing process is probably the best way to enforce the law.”
The United States Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, who had guaranteed the right to abortion for almost 50 years.
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Youngkin said Friday he would seek to ban most abortions after 15 weeks. Youngkin said during his gubernatorial campaign that he supports exceptions for cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger.
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Youngkin said he asked the senses. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico and Newman and Dels. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, and Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, for “joining us in an effort to bring together lawmakers and advocates from across the Commonwealth on this issue to find areas where we can hearing and charting the most successful path forward.”
Senate Democratic leaders pledge to oppose new abortion regulations. For example, Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, tweeted this week that in 2012 some Senate Republicans supported a bill that would have required women who have abortions to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. The referrer withdrew the invoice.
“So no, I will NOT listen to them on abortion regulations,” Lucas tweeted.
Newman told OMCP that it won’t be easy to get a 15-week bill through the legislature next winter, but he thinks supporters have a “good chance” of getting the bill passed. law.
“We will have to get the conservatives, as well as some moderates and some of the more conservative Democrats,” he said.
Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, said in a statement Friday that he only supports legal abortion “until a fetus can feel pain.” If he sides with the 19 Republicans in the Senate next year, GOP Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears would be a deciding vote to pass abortion restrictions.
“As many know, I am personally opposed to abortion, as is Senator Tim Kaine,” Morrissey said in a statement Friday. “Still, I take the position that women should have safe access to the procedure, at the very least, until such time as a fetus can feel pain, which many believe is over 20 weeks. pregnancy; in cases where a mother’s health or life is in danger; in case of rape resulting in pregnancy; and in cases of incest resulting in pregnancy. Just to be very clear: I don’t believe government, federal or state, should be telling women what to do with their bodies.
Newman said supporters support a 15-week bill, but a 20-week standard could be a fallback position. Ten states ban abortion at 20 weeks after fertilization, according to the Guttmacher Institute.