Virginia Proposes Sweeping Abortion Amendment

Constitutional amendment on abortion rights passes Virginia Senate, heads to House

A bill that would make abortion a fundamental right is headed to the House of Delegates. The Senate approved it Tuesday in a vote of 21 to 18. The bill is a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. It states in part that it, “Provides that every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom.”

In a nutshell, it prohibits the commonwealth from penalizing, prosecuting, or taking adverse action against someone for exercising their right to reproductive freedom.

Senator Steve Newman stands in opposition to the bill.

He said it’s dangerous because it allows for abortions to take place up to and past a baby’s due date.

Mia Nelson ABC 13 News

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