According to the Washington Times, the committee deadlocked on the proposal after a woman testified that she decided to have an abortion after the 20-week cutoff point when she learned that her child would be born with mental disabilities. Tara Schleifer said that the government should play no role in dictating whether a woman can bring a mentally disabled child into the world.

Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska have such restrictions. Under Virginia current law, abortions are permitted up until 24th or 25th week of the pregnancy.

Pro-choice Virginians celebrated the victory (despite a host of other anti-abortion measures making their way through the commonwealth’s legislature), but their D.C. counterparts may be dealt a significant loss on the same measure if one member of Congress has his way.

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