Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, left, and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, right, confer during the floor session of the Senate.
Sen John Watkins, R-Powhatan, left, speaks about the abortion funding amendment offered by the governor as in the background, from left are Senators Stephen D. Newman, R-Lynchburg, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke (seated), William M. Stanley, R-Franklin and Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Seated beside Watkins on the right, is his seatmate, Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-VA Beach.
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am
The General Assembly on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will bar insurers that participate in the upcoming federal health exchange in Virginia from offering coverage for abortion.
The vote in the Virginia Senate was 20-19, with anti-abortion Democrats Charles J. Colgan of Prince William County and Phillip P. Puckett of Russell County siding with a majority of Republicans.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am.