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Virginia Senate committee kills presidential gerrymandering bill

A Virginia Senate committee voted Tuesday to permanently kill a bill that would have aligned the state’s electoral votes with its House districts, a move critics say would have swung the 2012 presidential election for the Republican candidate despite President Barack Obama’s overwhelming victory in the popular vote. The Virginia…

Virginia Senate passes LGBT protections for state employees

The Virginia Senate passed a measure banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals in state employment, reported Metro Weekly. That would put the laws for public employees in line with private sector policies, according to the news outlet. Senate Bill 701 received support from all 20 Democratic state senators,…

Virginia Senate approves controversial ultrasound bill

Two Democrats joined with Republicans in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday to approve a watered-down version of controversial legislation that requires women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion. One Republican, state Sen. John Watkins, voted against it. The “informed consent” bill ignited a firestorm this month because it…

Parody mocks Virginia trans-vaginal ultrasound bill

A video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday mocks legislation proposed in the Virginia Senate that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound and be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound image. Since most abortions are performed in the first trimester, when the fetus is…

Virginia passes bill to ban LGBT parents from adopting

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday afternoon that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex parents, according to The Washington Post. The bill, which passed by a 22-18 margin, gives adoption agencies the power to deny child placement if it conflicts with their moral or religious beliefs.…

Virginia lawmaker tries to attach rectal exam provision to anti-abortion bill

Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell (D) thinks that if the government is going to force women to undergo medically unnecessary tests, then it is only fair to apply the same standards to men. Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would require pregnant women to have an ultrasound before terminating…

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