The Senate Education and Health Committee was packed ahead of a scheduled hearing Thursday on controversial personhood and fetal ultrasound measures.
Lines wound out the hearing room doors in the General Assembly Building, as state police stood by to manage the crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure gathered to hear the fate of anti-abortion bills that have prompted massive protests and made Virginia the butt of jokes on national television by late-night comedians.
Pro-life activists set up signs depicting aborted fetuses outside the GAB, while pro-choice activists planned to hold a protest latter in the day.
The fate of the measures is in doubt as the governor and House lawmakers backed away from requiring invasive transvaginal ultrasounds Wednesday.
Senate sponsor of the version amended in the House, Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Fauquier, has said she plans to kill the measure when it comes back to the chamber because she never meant to cause such controversy.