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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- The full House of Delegates passed a bill Friday that would repeal state funding for low-income women, expecting a child who could be born with severe mental or physical handicaps.

House Bill 62, introduced by Delegate Mark Cole (R- Fredericksburg) would prohibit the state Board of Health from ¬†¬†authorizing abortions for women who are financially eligible for the State Plan for Medical Assistance, ‚Äúin cases in which a physician certifies that he believes the fetus would be born with a gross and totally incapacitating deformity or mental deficiency‚ÄĚ.

The bill cleared the House of Delegates on a 64 to 35 vote.

Meanwhile, in a senate committee Thursday, lawmakers failed to break a tie vote on a Senate Bill 637, proposed legislation that would prohibit women from having an abortion after the twentieth week of pregnancy under the assumption that a fetus at that stage of development, may feel pain.  The gridlock caused the bill to be defeated.