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Va. Abortion Override Vote Fails

April 17, 2002

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State lawmakers failed Wednesday to override Gov. Mark R. Warner’s veto and revive Virginia’s ban on a late-term abortion procedure.

The House of Delegates voted 71-28 to override the veto, but the 24-14 vote in the Senate was three votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill. Two senators did not vote.

Warner vetoed the bill earlier this month, saying it lacked sufficient exceptions for women who have problems late in pregnancy.

The measure sought to outlaw a procedure critics refer to as ``partial-birth abortion.″

The bill resembled a 1998 Virginia law that banned the procedure. It was voided one year later when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Nebraska.

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