Today Dr. Ralph Northam, a Democratic state Senator and candidate for Leiutenant Governor, led an effort to stop the Republican war on women that has sought to limit access to legal and safe health care and made Virginia a national punch line. Northam sponsored SB 1080 and SB 1082, which would have repealed the ill-advised and offensive mandatory ultrasound requirement passed last year, but Republicans defeated both measures on party-line votes in a Senate committee. Northam issued the following statement in response:
"I am embarrassed for the Commonwealth of Virginia that not one Republican could break ranks to join Democrats in repealing the mandatory ultrasound requirement, which garnered such negative national attention one year ago. Clearly, Republicans not only do not trust women to make their own medical decisions, but want to interfere in the sacred doctor-patient relationship. This kind of invasive government regulation has no place in Virginia law."
At the same committee meeting, Northam also led the charge to defeat SB 826, a bill that would have eliminated abortion funding for low-income women if their fetuses had gross abnormalities.