Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 88 payments Friday and vetoed 11 others, together with laws that advocates stated would assist shield girls and medical practitioners from potential extraditions associated to abortion companies which might be authorized in Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 88 payments Friday and vetoed 11 others, together with laws that advocates stated would have helped shield girls and medical practitioners from potential extraditions associated to abortion companies which might be authorized in Virginia.

Youngkin stated in a press release that the measures would undermine the nation’s longstanding authorized framework for extraditions. But in a transfer that stunned some observers, the governor signed separate legislation, which is supported by abortion rights teams, that prohibits the issuance of search warrants, subpoenas or courtroom orders for digital or digital menstrual well being knowledge.

“A blended message from the Youngkin (administration) tonight,” Tarina Keene, govt director of abortion rights group REPRO Rising Virginia, stated on social media.

Proponents stated the laws would shield girls’s privateness and stop such info — typically saved in period-tracking apps — from being weaponized in potential prosecutions.

Sponsor Sen. Barbara Favola, a Democrat, stated throughout a listening to that the measure is important in a post-Roe v. Wade environment as many Republican politicians — Youngkin among them — have sought new restrictions on abortion. Favola stated she wasn’t conscious of an instance the place such knowledge had been sought, however she needed to be proactive.

Opponents stated the measure appeared like an answer looking for an issue.

Youngkin’s press secretary, Christian Martinez, stated in a press release that the governor believes the laws, which practically all legislative Republicans opposed, “protects a girl’s private well being knowledge with out stopping its voluntary use in legislation enforcement investigations.” Youngkin additionally appreciates Favola’s work on the laws, Martinez stated.

Similar laws final 12 months died within the GOP-controlled House of Delegates earlier than reaching the governor’s desk, however the administration made clear back then that Youngkin opposed it.

Some girls in states with abortion bans more and more should travel elsewhere to terminate a being pregnant, a actuality that backers of the vetoed anti-extradition measure highlighted in pushing for its passage.

Youngkin stated in a veto assertion connected to the invoice that the United States’ “cooperative extradition system may collapse if particular person states had been to carve out crimes for which they’d not acknowledge codified legal guidelines due to differing political positions.”

The governor additionally vetoed a invoice that will have prohibited state regulators from taking disciplinary motion towards docs for abortion care that’s authorized in Virginia, “no matter the place such abortion care was supplied or acquired.”

Youngkin stated that invoice would open the door “to a resurgence of unsafe, dangerous abortions occurring exterior of scientific settings, and it locations any unprofessional conduct throughout an abortion exterior the Board’s jurisdiction for disciplinary motion.”

Democrats criticized Youngkin’s vetoes.

“His veto of a invoice that will have protected girls who journey to the Commonwealth to get an abortion from being extradited is simply one other gross instance of how Republicans is not going to cease till girls don’t have any choices left,” celebration chairwoman Susan Swecker stated in a press release.

Virginia, the one Southern state that has not enacted new restrictions because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, is more and more an outlier within the area for its abortion entry. Youngkin tried to implement a 15-week ban however was blocked by Democrats, who management the state Legislature.

Among the opposite payments he signed Friday had been measures reinstating the Virginia Minority Business Commission and increasing a tax credit score for safe storage gadgets for firearms. He vetoed a invoice establishing a paid household and medical go away program, noting that some employers already supply such packages and calling the proposal unfair for exempting state authorities.

The governor additionally amended 11 payments, based on his workplace, together with one permitting town of Petersburg to pursue a referendum on establishing Virginia’s fifth on line casino.

Petersburg’s renewed push for a on line casino comes after voters in Richmond — which had initially acquired General Assembly approval to carry a referendum — twice rejected the idea. Youngkin’s change would take away from the invoice a requirement that the Legislature take it up once more subsequent 12 months.

Youngkin faces a Monday deadline to finish his overview of laws despatched to him through the common session that led to March.

Lawmakers convene April 17 in Richmond to take up his proposed amendments and will additionally try to override his vetoes. But Democrats maintain slim majorities in each chambers, in need of the required two-thirds threshold.

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