Virginia lawmakers halt anti-abortion "personhood" bill

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:40pm EST

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) - Virginia lawmakers on Thursday shelved until next year a measure ultimately aimed at outlawing abortion by granting individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception.

The state Senate voted 24-14 to send the so-called "personhood" bill back to a committee to be taken up again in 2013.

The move effectively killed the bill for this year.

(Reporting By Matthew A. Ward; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Dan Burns)