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"SNL" mocks Virginia Legislation

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Some of Virginia's most controversial bills concerning abortion had the nation laughing this weekend. A skit on "Saturday Night Live", poked fun at two different bills -- including one that states life begins at conception.

It's a segment known as "Really with Seth and Amy" and this skit really hit home in Richmond. "The Virginia House of Representatives this week passed a bill that required women to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion. Really. Now don't get me wrong, I love transvaginal. It's my favorite airline," comedian Amy Poehler joked.

The joke refers to legislation requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion. The joke came with a matching answer.

"I was scandalized, shocked at the rampant sexist nature of this. I mean for example, that chauvinist Seth answers a question about pregnancy when in fact, it should have been Baby Momma who answers the question about pregnancy. I'll bet Seth has never been pregnant," said Del. Bob Marshall.

Then there was this jab-- "They also passed a bill saying life begins at conception. What's next? Life begins at last call? Life begins when you press send on your match dot com profile?" comedian Seth Meyers asked.

It's a bill introduced by Delegate Bob Marshall- who didn't miss a beat when we asked him to respond.

"If it's up to me, look, we tell kids in Virginia-3rd graders, that life begins when sperm and egg meet. They're kids…what do they know? Adults know life beings when the kids get married and leave home. That's my story and I'm sticking with it," he said.

We checked in with some local comedians- they say politics always makes good material. And to probably expect to see more of Virginia in the comedy spotlight. Battleground Virginia will likely make for some stellar material.

"I think that whenever there's an issue kind of as contentious as what's being dealt with uh…on capitol hill right now, it's always right for some comedy.  There's a lot of tension and emotion on both sides and that can always lead to some release and some comedy. Hopefully, some good punch lines," said Matt Newman with the Richmond Comedy Coalition.

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