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Del. Sam Rasoul speaks out on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — As the women's march on Washington marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark ruling of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, Virginia leaders are weighing in.

Republican Delegate Wendell Walker said this is something that's been debated since it was first ruled on.

"Certainly that has been a very passionate issue for many many years -- you know, 50 years," Walker said. "It's an issue that is not gonna go away."

Democrat Delegate Sam Rasoul said it's not about abortion -- it's about privacy.

"It wasn't even really about abortion access," Rasoul said. "To say that we all have that level of expectation and privacy, I think is pretty fundamental."

I asked Rasoul to address those on the right who were happy at Roe's overturning and claim it helped save millions of lives.

"Well look, the reality is that I think that we've got responsible laws on the books here in Virginia," Rasoul said. "And Roe was not about abortion, it was about a fundamental right to privacy and where that line is drawn."

Republican Congressman Bob Good said that he celebrated Roe's overturning last year as a win for life.

"Well what the overturning of Roe v. Wade did was -- those five justices courageously recognized that there was no constitutional right -- there is no constitutional right to abortion," Good said. "Isn't in the constitution, it's nowhere to be found there."

Since Roe has been overturned, the decision on abortion was sent back to the states to decide.

The Commonwealth is considering several bills aimed at restricting abortions. You can read more about those bills here.

(Source: ABC 13 NEWS)


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