NORFOLK, Va. — Here in the Commonwealth, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is keeping a close eye on a new Alabama law that outlaws nearly all instances of abortion in that state, voicing their strong opposition against the ban.
"We believe that having control over your reproductive destiny is a human and fundamental basic right," said Tarina Keene, the executive director.
The legislation signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases and contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Supporters hope to launch a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made the procedure legal.
Keene said it's important for Virginians who agree with them to pay attention because a bill like the one in Alabama could pop up here.
"[Virginia] Delegate Bob Thomas said this week that he hopes to have the same opportunity to do the exact same thing that they're doing in Alabama and Georgia and Missouri and other states," she said.
Keene is referring to a radio interview the 28th District Republican gave with host John Fredericks.
Governor Ralph Northam responded to that, tweeting this: "My veto pen is ready and full of ink."
That's why Keene said what's going on in Alabama is terrifying, but that won't stop them from continuing to fight for women. In Hampton Roads, they have a representative. And this November, they'll push people to the ballot box.
"They're not only playing a dangerous game with women's health and lives. They're playing a dangerous game with their own political careers. So, you will see in the next weeks and months here in Virginia, because this is a very big election year with all 140 seats up for election, you will see this issue front and center in every campaign out there," she said.
13News Now reached out to the other side of the discussion as well, but the pro-life groups we reached either declined to comment or didn't return our calls and emails.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.