SB 484, an AUL Action-backed measure that would require the performing of an ultrasound prior to an abortion, has passed the Virginia Senate by a vote of 21-18.
AUL Action lobbyist Mark Earley, Jr. testified last week in favor of the bill before committee. His statement read:
Good morning, Mr. Chairman, members of the committee. My name is Mark Earley, and I’m here today representing AUL, Americans United for Life. Thank you for allowing all of us the opportunity to testify before you this morning. I would strongly and respectfully urge you all to support Senate Bill 484.
Under SB 484, the choice to see the child in the womb and perhaps even hear the child’s heartbeat rests entirely with the mother. The abortion provider must give her the option, but this bill is not designed to force a woman to see something she does not want to see. She remains autonomous in her decision, while the State has done everything it can to ensure that her ultimate decision is informed.
Twenty-two (22) states already require that women receive information about the availability of ultrasound services prior to abortion and/or require the performance of an ultrasound prior to abortion. We believe it’s time for Virginia to join these other states, and according to new polling, so do a solid majority of Virginians.
Thank you for your time, and please support Senator Vogel’s bill.
This bill now goes to the Virginia House of Delegates where it is expected to pass easily.