“Personhood” Dies in the Senate. Good Riddance.


    Good riddance. Now, on to the many other crazy bills Republican’ts are pushing this session. It never ends…

    UPDATE: Here are a few comments from our elected officials, off their Twitter feeds.

    Del. Mark Keam: “Very controversial GOP HB 1 “personhood” bill stopped in Senate on 24-16 bipartisan vote. #WinForWomen! Thanks to the public who spoke out!”

    Del. David Englin: “Wow. Looks like Va. Senate just killed “personhood” bill! Motion to “re-refer and carry over for the year” passed 24-14.”

    Del. Scott Surovell: “VA Senate just killed “personhood’ amendment for the year – glad they listened to The People.”

    Del. Charniele Herring: “So, #personhood bill was re-referred to committee and carried over for the year. Thanks everyone & grassroots nation!”

    Del. Alfonso Lopez: “HB 1 – the Personhood Bill was just re-referred in the Senate. Effectively killing it this session. Thank you Senate!!”

    Also, the RTD reports, “In a stunning turn of events, the Virginia Senate has voted 24-14 to scuttle a bill that would have given fertilized eggs the same legal rights as people.”

    UPDATE #2: Kaine campaign spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine tweets, “Personhood may be dead in VA Gen Assembly, but don’t forget @georgeallenva is campaigning for reelection on ‘nat’l personhood’ policy”

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    • Senate Democrats Defeat Personhood Bill

      Embarrassed Republican Senators Split By Infighting

      Acknowledging that their divisive social agenda has been resoundingly rejected – not only in Virginia but nationwide – 6 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to defeat HB 1, the “personhood” bill.

      In the face of national ridicule, Republicans in Virginia have suffered another defeat. On the heels of the Republican cave on Senate Bill 484, which would have mandated intrusive ultrasounds before abortions, and had been ridiculed by the media around the globe, Republicans suspended the normal Senate rules to ensure that HB 1 was quickly dealt with. Senate Republicans are obviously hoping to avoid more embarrassing national media coverage.

      “I hope these guys get the message and stop trying repeal the 20th century. I’m tired of Virginia being compared to Mississippi. This kind of legislation is making our state a national embarrassment,” said Senator Richard L. Saslaw.

      Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “We are obviously relieved we have stalled the for now, but we should recognize that the Republicans can always bring the bill back up, so we must remain vigilant – their war against women isn’t going away.”

      “I’m disappointed that the Republicans circumvented normal Senate procedure to get rid of this bill. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, because Republican Senators are ashamed of the way they have been treating women, and they should be ashamed,” Senator McEachin added.

      House Bill 1 was sent back to the Education and Health committee on a vote of 24 to 14, and passed by for the year

    • VADEM

      Dodged that bullet!


      Richmond – Bowing to intense public pressure after a wave of negative national media attention, Republicans in the Senate this afternoon used a procedural motion to send HB1 – the controversial “personhood” bill that would confer legal rights to embryos at the moment of conception and could ban abortion and contraception – off the docket until at least next year on a 24-14 vote.

      “By ending this issue for the year, Virginia’s women, families, and physicians scored a major victory,” remarked Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond). “Through petition, silent protest, calls, and letters, voices across the Commonwealth calling for an end to this attack on women’s rights were finally heard.”

      “Too often this session, Republicans have put forth divisive, controversial bills without considering the full scope of unintended consequences they could bring,” remarked Del. Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax). “In committee and on the floor, HB1’s proponents were never able to ease our grave concerns about protecting in vitro fertilization or legal contraception.”

      “I applaud Republicans in the Senate for seeing the light on why this overreaching bill was wrong for Virginia,” said House Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville). “I hope that my Republican colleagues in the House – who passed this bill just last week – will come to agree in future sessions.”

      HB1 passed the House of Delegates 66-32 on February 14th.  It cleared the Senate Education and Health Committee this morning along an 8-7 party-line vote after accepting an amendment that the House had earlier rejected.  Today’s action effectively kills the bill for the year

    • Bumble Bee

      Do we know which republicans crossed over to oppose the “person hood bill” and which ones stood firm for Delegate Marshall’s nonsense?  I contacted my two teapublican morons with objections as I believe others did as well.  I am curious to see if it had any effect or if we will have to work extra extra hard to get them out next election cycle

    • kindler

      …who are really pissed off about this. And they vote — or they would if they were persons!

      It is nice to see common sense prevail — while Virginia Republicans are left with, um, egg on their faces…

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      YEAS–Barker, Blevins, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Norment, Northam, Petersen, Puller, Ruff, Saslaw, Stosch, Wagner, Watkins.

      This vote was to recommit to committee.

      Nays–Black, Carrico, Garrett, Hanger, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Reeves, Smith, Stanley, Stuart, Vogel

      Not voting–Colgan, Puckett

      I’m not surprised by the cowardly “not voting” by Colgan and Puckett.


      Richmond, VA – Former Governor Tim Kaine released the following statement today after HB1, the ‘personhood’ bill, was passed by for the year in the Virginia legislature.

      “This bill represented government overreach at its worst and its defeat is a victory for all Virginians. With the issue behind us, I am hopeful that the legislature will now address the priorities that matter most to Virginians including transportation, education, and economic growth.

      “While the General Assembly may have set personhood legislation aside, it still remains an issue in the Virginia Senate race where one of my opponents sponsored the bill and another has called for similar legislation at the federal level.  A focus on this social agenda at any level of government is unwise and will only act as an obstacle to finding common ground on our more pressing economic challenges. My focus will continue to be on solving our fiscal challenges, putting more Americans back to work, and building a 21st century talent economy that will help us emerge from this recession stronger than before it.”

    • kindler

      …let’s spend a night celebrating — and then go right back to watching the General Assembly to make sure they don’t pass a slew of bad bills on voters’ rights, guns, etc., etc.

    • jlsnook

      According to Charniele Herring, on The Ed Show just a few minutes ago, it could be brought back up again tomorrow.  Is that true>

    • For more, see NBC 12 Decision Virginia.