Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has announced plans to push a 15-week abortion ban in Virginia following Dobbs v. Jackson. 15 weeks is the point where developing babies begin to feel pain in the womb, thus it’s seen as a reasonable limit for the majority of Americans who support abortion access with limitations, though Democrats have steadfastly refused to compromise.
What Happened: Governor Glenn Youngkin wants to introduce a 15-week abortion ban in the state of Virginia following the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturned the decision in Roe v. Wade.
“Think about it, this was a state… that just 18 months ago was talking about enabling abortion all the way up through and including birth,” Youngkin told “Face the Nation.” Youngkin continued, “And now we’re able to talk about a 15-week pain threshold bill where a baby feels pain. This is a remarkable moment for us. And it’s an opportunity, I’m not going to let go.”
What Is Youngkin Planning: Governor Glenn Youngkin told “Face the Nation” that he will call for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to help develop the state’s new restrictions on abortion.
“This in Virginia is a debate that we are going to run to the Supreme Court’s decision. I agree that this is a decision for states to make by elected officials, by the citizens of Virginia, and that’s why, right out of the box, I called for a 15-week pain threshold bill to be formed and crafted by a bipartisan group of legislators,” Younkin said in his interview.
Other Questions In the Interview: Another topic of discussion raised in Youngkin’s interview was Critical Race Theory in education.
“One of the things we have to do is teach all of our history, but we shouldn’t play privilege bingo with children,” Youngkin said.
Other States Taking Action: Other states have already started to move on new abortion legislation following the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson. Thirteen states had passed trigger laws designed to take effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Last week, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said that doctors who prescribe abortion pills would lose their medical licenses. In addition, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new bill into law that will outlaw mailing abortion pills in the state.