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BY: Paul Crookston
Virginia Del. Kathy Tran (D.) posted a video Thursday morning defending her bill loosening regulations on third-trimester abortions.
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Tran drew attention from pro-life figures and some news outlets for her comments about HB2491, a bill that would make critical changes to abortion restrictions in the state. She defended the bill in the Virginia Assembly saying abortions should be legal on the day the baby would be delivered, even when the mother is dilating, if her physical or mental health was impaired.
Thursday she hit back at critics who have blasted the bill for setting an extreme line on abortion at such a late stage.
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"I want to be very clear about what’s currently allowed in Virginia law," Tran said on her Twitter video. "Right now, women are allowed to access abortion in the later stages of pregnancy under certain conditions with the approval of medical doctors. I‘ve done nothing to change that. What I have done is try to make sure that women are able to make these decisions and access these services in a timely manner."
Tran’s bill makes it easier to get an abortion by drastically reducing the medical requirements to perform the operation. Instead of three doctors approving the operation, the bill says a patient would only need one, and it also strikes the requirement that continuing the pregnancy would "substantially and irremediably" impair a woman’s health.
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Pro-choice groups have dismissed critics of the bill and late-term abortion in general by saying it is only done in circumstances where the fetus is "non-viable." However, the liberal Guttmacher Institute has data contradicting that point, showing the majority of abortions after 20 weeks are made for reasons other than the woman’s health.
Tran said there’s nothing in her bill that should shock Virginia lawmakers, and she was "surprised" by questions other delegates...
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