Protesters were removed moved from the General Assembly building and Capitol grounds as they shouted "Shame! Shame! Shame!" at Del. Bob Marshall in the as he talked with reporters following the Senate Education and Health Committee approved his controversial "personhood" measure that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.
The Senate hearing room was packed as supporters and opponents debated the effects of the measure on contraception and in vitro fertilization should it become law in the commonwealth.
The Senate panel moved the measure to the full Senate floor on an 8-7 party line vote.
The measure, along with bills requiring fetal ultrasounds before an abortion, have prompted growing protests at the Capitol. It has also been fodder for late-night comedians, and brought national media attention to the commonwealth's lawmakers.
Capitol police herded protesters across the street from the Capitol grounds where nearly 100 people them stood in silent protest of the rash of anti-abortion legislation working its way through the General Assembly this session.
On the Capitol side of the street pro-life activists stood with large signs showing aborted fetuses and taunted the silently pro-choice protesters across the street - yelling phrases like "God have mercy on you souls as you fight him."