Democrats take control of Virginia Legislature, dooming governor’s 15-week abortion ban

Virginia Democrats kept control of the state Senate and flipped the state House of Delegates on Tuesday in what will be a major blow to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to pass legislation that would ban abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Democrats took slim majorities in both chambers of the Legislature after winning a handful of competitive swing districts.

An effort by Youngkin and legislative Republicans to pass a 15-week abortion ban was a key focus of the rhetoric from both Republican and Democratic candidates. Democrats sought to paint Republicans as a threat to abortion access and Republicans labeled Democrats as extreme on abortion.

Democrats hailed the election victories as a defeat of Youngkin’s proposed 15-week abortion ban. 

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