Sunday, April 7, 2013
Virginia's legislature passed an amendment prohibiting some insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.
This week, Virginia’s legislature approved a measure by Gov. Bob McDonnell that prohibits certain health insurance companies from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. The exceptions to the insurance coverage rule are in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. While the new Virginia legislation isn’t as restrictive of abortions as recent legislation passed in North Dakota and Alabama, critics are concerned about the financial effect the legislation may have on a woman’s decision. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” The Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Fairfax City Sen. Chap Petersen voted against amendment that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion.
Thursday, April 4
By Mark Robinson Capital News Service The Virginia General Assembly narrowly approved an amendment on Wednesday by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. McDonnell added the anti-abortion amendment to House Bill 1900, sponsored by Delegate Thomas Davis Rust (R-Herndon). The assembly passed the bill in February to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Under the system, Virginians who cannot afford health insurance will participate in a federally operated health insurance exchange. McDonnell’s amendment will prohibit insurers participating in the exchange from covering abortion except in the case of …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
House passes amended bill that does not require internal sonogram after governor changes course.
Update, 4:33 p.m. Wednesday: The Virginia House of Delegates passed on Wednesday a revised version of a GOP-sponsored informed consent bill (HB462) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before having an abortion. The new bill, which requires women to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound rather than a more invasive transvaginal ultrasound, passed by a vote of 65-32. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revoked his support for the original bill minutes before the House began debate, saying that the government did not have the power to require the transvaginal procedure. The amended bill now returns to the Senate where its sponsor, Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester), has said she will strike the legislation. A …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
POLL: Is General Assembly on right track with votes on curbing abortion, repealing handgun law, banning of gay adoptions?
If you didn't know that Republicans were in control of the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, you should know it by now. While "jobs, jobs, jobs" is the mantra across much of the country, Virginia's Republican senators and delegates have been hard at work during their 60-day session changing the state's cultural landscape. Since starting work in Richmond last month, members have voted on an array of socially conservative issues including: Voter ID Bill The Virginia House and Senate have both passed bills requiring photo ID to vote; the National Conference of State Legislatures' offers a detailed map and information about other states that run the gamut on requirements. "There are no documented cases of voter impersonation in Virginia …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Legislation calls for sonograms for pregnant women seeking abortions.
Four bills before the 2012 Virginia General Assembly regarding sonograms and abortions have forced people to choose sides. According to the Capital News Service, two Republican backed bills were introduced in the House of Delegates that would mandate ultrasound testing before an abortion. House Bill 261, filed by Del. Mark Cole from Fredericksburg, would require ultrasound testing at least 48 hours before the abortion is performed. HB 462, filed by Del. Kathy Byron from Lynchburg proposes that fetal ultrasound imaging be done at least two hours before an abortion. In addition, the sound of the fetus’s heart would be examined in another effort to determine the gestational age of the fetus, according to CNS. Olivia Gans, president of the …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Survey includes questions on abortion, firearms, immigration, education, transportation
Del. Dave Albo (R-42nd District) is seeking input from constituents on a variety of issues prior to the General Assembly convening in Richmond next Wednesday. Some of the topics that Albo, a state lawmaker since 1994, is exploring in the survey include immigration, education and transportation. Social issues such as abortion and whether marriage should be between a man and a woman are also part of the survey. Another contentious issue also included: Whether the public employee retirement system should move to a 401-k system from a pension system. A sample question: If after a lawful stop (e.g. speeding) a police officer is informed on his in-car computer that the driver is not legally present in the U.S., should that officer be given the …