Yesterday, the HB 462 mandatory ultrasound bill went back to the House of Delegates for a final vote to pass it and send it to Governor McDonnell’s desk. This step was required because the Senate had made an amendment when they passed it earlier this week. Unfortunately, the House voted yet again to pass the bill by a vote of 61-35. (See the vote tally here — remember to thank your Delegate if they voted “nay” and let them know you disapprove of their vote if they voted “yea.”)
But this stop back to the House of Delegates also gave some of our strong pro-choice champions in the House one more opportunity to remind their colleagues just what it was they were voting to enact and what it will mean for Virginia women.
Below, check out videos of yesterday’s impassioned floor statements from Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax), Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond City), Delegate Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria and the chair of the Reproductive Health Care Caucus), Delegate David Englin (D-Alexandria), and Delegate Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax). Thank you to these pro-choice lawmakers and all the other members of the General Assembly who have come out strongly and fought so hard against this egregious legislation. This shows us yet again how important it is to have state legislators who share our values and will fight for women’s reproductive freedom and health care — and how much we need more lawmakers like them in Richmond!