You are probably wondering- how did regulations designed to close most abortion clinics in Virginia (by regulating them like hospitals) pass the Democratic controlled Senate today after failing in the Republican controlled Senate every single year from 2000 until 2007.
Here's what went down. Usually these regulations are killed in the Education and Health committee, which is controlled by pro-choice Senators.
However, Senate Democrats were napping as Ryan McDougle, a pro-life Republican introduced SB924 this year which changed the same Code of Virginia section that anti-abortion activists have been trying to add these regulations into. The Senate passed McDougle's bill 40-0 instead of killing it and demanding the House send this bill over first.
Because of this screw up- the House of Delegates was able to amend the bill to add in the abortion restrictions and send it back to the Senate. When a bill has already passed a body and is amended it goes to the floor- not to committee- and Senate Democratic leaders knew they had 2 Senators on the floor who would vote with the 18 Republicans to pass this regulation into law.
In short, thousands of women will have their lives put at risk because Senate Democrats were not paying attention and allowed this to happen. In a desperate attempt to save their seats from angry voters, Senate Democrats issued a press release today strongly attacking these regulations. But they are the ones who are responsible for this bill becoming law.