Watts, Barker Agree Va. Wrong On Womens' Health Issues
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Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts (D-VA-39) and Sen. George Barker (D-VA-39) presented a review of the Commonwealth's 2012 legislative session to a joint meeting of the Greenspring Republican and Democrat clubs last week.
In response to audience members' concern about bills regarding women's health decisions, both Watts and Barker said the “personhood bill” (HB1) and the mandatory ultrasound bills (HB462 and SB484) before the assembly this year were overreaching.
"In opposing HB462, the Virginia Medical Society pointed out that this is the first time medical procedure in Virginia will be dictated by law," said Watts. "Actually it's the second. The first was the forced sterilization of 'mentally ill or deficient' persons between 1924 and 1979," she said.
Watts focused on transportation, presenting highlights of her presentation titled Virginia Transportation 2012: Quicksand at the Bottom of the Well (See attached pdf)
"We see an awful lot of headlines and an awful lot o
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