Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision on abortion made over 40 years ago, set a standard to allow legal, unrestricted abortion access up until the point of "viability," or before 24 weeks. Included in HB 59 is language stating that the 6-week ban would go into affect only if Roe were overturned , negating any claims of the bill's unconstitutionality. At this time, North Dakota is the only state to ban abortion access after six weeks.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .