What happens to abortion rights in Virginia, post-Roe?

Abortion rights demonstrators gather near the Supreme Court in D.C. on June 24, after the court overturned Roe v. Wade. (Eric Lee for The Washington Post)
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Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, people all over the country are wondering: What will happen to abortion law in my state?

In Virginia, state law allowing abortion will remain in effect for now. But in a purple state whose abortion politics have zigged and zagged for a decade, the longer-term fallout is uncertain. The political margins that could decide abortion rights for Virginians are slim. Having made large gains in November, Republicans now control the state’s House of Delegates, while Democrats hold the Senate.

Moments after the Supreme Court’s decision was announced, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said he will seek to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Although he opposes abortion, Youngkin acknowledged that setting the cutoff at 20 weeks might be necessary to attract more consensus in a divided Capitol.

Youngkin to seek 15-week abortion law in Virginia after Supreme Court ruling