RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It is no secret that abortion is always a hot button political issue. However this year, the rhetoric has reached a new level in Virginia.
The subject is often a volatile political talking point that, for the most part doesn't lead to much change.
This year has been a bit different as pro-life causes have led to major changes at the state and federal level.
Thursday, the General Assembly passed a bill that will now place unprecedented regulations on abortion clinics.
In Washington, the House of Representatives have passed legislation that would completely de-fund the major abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Friday, Planned Parenthood's supporters gathered to fight back. Abortion opponents say in a time of tight budgets, controversial organizations like Planned Parenthood don't deserve funding.
"At a time when budgets are tight and the federal government is losing everywhere, it's just time I think for Planned Parenthood to be de funded," said Chris Freund of the conservative Family Foundation of Virginia.
Abortion defenders say that argument is just a political one.
"I think it's cloaked to say it's a balance the budget because it is eliminating so much health care for women, for poor women and for women no one speaks up for," said Margie Turbyfill, a supporter of Planned Parenthood who attended rally for the organization today at VCU.
It is unlikely that Planned Parenthood's funding will be stripped, given that would still need the approval of the democratic senate and a pro-choice president.
However, the new bill to increase regulations at clinics is a near certainty as Governor Bob McDonnell has said he will sign it into law.