RICHMOND, VA, 29 JANUARY 2020: Senate Republicans today united to oppose extreme Democrat legislation that would repeal multiple safeguards for women.
“Women, children, and science all lost in the Senate of Virginia today,” noted Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R-Henrico), the only OB/GYN currently serving in the General Assembly. “While claiming to improve access, this bill actually removes sensible, reasonable protections for a procedure that deserves serious consideration. Common sense, and the courts, support a waiting period with credentialed physicians performing this procedure.”
Senate Bill 733 would repeal requirements that abortions be performed by a doctor, that facilities performing abortions adhere to medical safety standards, and that women are entitled to view the results of medical tests performed when they seek abortions. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 20, with Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax (D) breaking the tie in favor of the bill.
“While decrying ‘back alley abortions,’ Democrats eviscerated medical safety standards for women today,” said Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford). “For those like me who believe our laws should protect innocent human life, today marks a dark day for Virginia.”
“Not that long ago, Democrats’ would say that abortion should be ‘safe, legal, and rare,’” remarked Senator Jennifer A. Kiggans (R-Virginia), a nurse practitioner. “Today, they took away ‘safe’ and forgot about ‘rare.’
“Instead of trusting women, they have removed the protections that ensured women obtained complete information in a medically safe setting.”
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Planned Parenthood Va's publicly disclosed election expenditures totaled over $1,000,000 in 2019.