GOP-Controlled Virginia House Passes Personhood Bill

The Virginia House of Delegates “gave preliminary approval Monday to a so-called personhood bill” and rejected an amendment that would have ensured contraception can remain legal. The measure sates that “unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the commonwealth.” The House is expected to formally approve the bill tomorrow and lawmakers expect that it can also pass in the Republican-controlled senate.