Another batch of report cards is out in Richmond, this time from an abortion-rights group.
NARAL based its rankings on a number of highly contentious abortion-related legislation. Among them was a bill that, before it was amended, would have required women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound before an abortion. As approved, the measure requires that women submit to an abdominal ultrasound instead.
The so-called personhood bill, which failed amid a national uproar over the ultrasound bill, would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. Two other bills, which also died, would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, and would have denied state-funded abortions to poor women whose fetuses had gross physical or mental deformities.
Of the 140 legislators, 51 received perfect scores from NARAL — 19 out of 40 senators and 32 out of 100 delegates. For the first time, two Republicans each received A-plus ratings:Sen. John C. Watkins (Powhatan) and Del. Tom Rust (Fairfax).