A Virginia bill that will have declared that life starts at conception was sent back to committee by the commonwealth’s Senate today , traditionally removing to any extent further consideration until the 2013 legislative session, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
In a beautiful turn of events, the Virginia Senate has voted 24-14 to scuttle a bill that might have given fertilized eggs a similar legal rights as people.
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, proposed that House Bill 1, which had passed the Senate Education and Health Committee earlier today on an 8-7 party line vote, be sent back to the committee and carried over to the 2013 legislative session for further discussion and deliberation.
Then Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, the Republican leader of the Senate, rose to support the motion, saying that the failings raised by the bill are more complex and much-reaching than previously thought and merit further study.
The news comes the day after Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia House Republicans opted to drop an invasive procedure from a bill mandating ultrasounds for girls seeking abortions; under an amended version of the bill, women would only need to undergo external ultrasounds, not the more invasive transvaginal variety that was originally contemplated inside the bill.
It also seems to mark a win for professional-choice forces, which referred to that the personhood bill was vague enough that it may have countless unintended and ugly consequences .