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Notes: Gov. Youngkin eyeing new abortion limitations for Virginia

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Pro and anti-abortion activists at Alexandria City Hall, June 28, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has always had a testy relationship with the largely Democratic Alexandria, and recent comments about new abortion limits in Virginia are unlikely to make him more popular in the city.

NBC reported that Youngkin believes he can build a consensus around a ban on abortion after 15 weeks — with exceptions for rape, incest and saving the mother’s life — if Republicans succeed in November’s legislative elections.

Alexandria has been ground zero for the fight over abortion in Virginia. Earlier this year, the City Council approved a zoning change that cut back on restrictions for abortion centers, bringing them in line with other medical facilities.

Despite protest during the public comment and interrupting the City Council discussion, Alexandria’s leadership was unanimous in their support for the change.

“This is about a woman’s right to choose; an individual’s right to choose,” said Vice Mayor Amy Jackson, “and that abortion is women’s healthcare.”

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