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Personhood Bill Dead, Ultrasound Bill Pending

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state senate did not pass a controversial bill that would have given rights to unborn children.

The so-called "personhood" bill faced a lot of heat. The bill may have died but it didn't go away.

The issue is back in the committee stage and protesters are not fully satisfied.

"I think we need to keep an eye on it we can't forget the people who brought these out are still in office," said concerned citizen, Molly Vick.

Virginia democratic delegate Jennifer McClellan is hot on the topic.

"I had my annual exam this morning with my OBGYN we discussed the personhood bill, it scares her to death," said McClellan.

McClellan says the bill would have forced major practicing changes.

"It opens her up to not only wrongful death but every crime against a person code so if something goes wrong during the pregnancy and delivering, she is subject to everything from battery to involuntary manslaughter," McClellan said.

Senate republicans dodged the chance to respond at the end of the day.

Pro-life group, The Family Foundation, responding through a statement: "This afternoon's action by the state Senate shouldn't surprise anyone given the unwarranted controversy surrounding HB 1"

The focus is now on the pending ultrasound bill that made the agenda but was pushed back late in the day.

"There was a big victory today so we just need to keep up the stamina and keep out there and we're not going to stop coming out here to the State capitol every day," said VCU student Sarah Okolita.

Lawmakers will be revisiting the personhood bill next year, but the ultrasound bill could be brought up and voted on as early as Friday morning.

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