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RICHMOND — Bills that define life as beginning at conception and that
require pregnant women to submit to an ultrasound before an abortion
passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday, punctuating the first half of a
legislative session that has been marked by heated debates over social
The debate was more extensive and more heated in the
Republican-dominated House, which passed "personhood" legislation (HB 1)
championed by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William County. The bill
states that unborn children "at every stage of development" have the
same rights as other individuals except where the U.S. Constitution,
U.S. Supreme Court interpretations or state laws say otherwise. The bill
passed by a vote of 66-32.
For the second day in a row, Democratic opponents argued that the
bill amounts to a government mandate on physicians and patients,
requiring women to submit to an invasive procedure that may be medically
"This is the first time, if we pass this bill, that
we will be dictating a medical procedure to a physician," said Del.
Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria. "You're saying that it's OK for the
government to force its way into the relationship between doctor and
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