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Virginia House GOP Passes Abortion Restrictions

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The Virginia state house passed two laws restricting abortions in the state.
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The Virginia state house passed two laws restricting abortions in the state.

A House Republican supermajority has muscled two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills to passage over passionate objections from Democrats, according to the Associated Press. 

Del. Bob Marshall's House Bill 1 would effectively outlaw all Virginia abortions by declaring that the rights of persons apply from the moment sperm and egg unite. It passed Tuesday on a vote of 66-32.

Opponents called the measure draconian, noting that voters in Mississippi last fall resoundingly rejected adding a "personhood amendment'' to their state constitution. Marshall called opponents alarmists.

On a 63-36 vote, the House also passed a bill that requires women to have a transvaginal ultrasound before undergoing abortions. 

Republican Del. Todd Gilbert dismissed most abortions as "matters of lifestyle convenience.'' 

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