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Virginia Gets a Failing Grade
Virginia's many restrictions on reproductive rights and lack of pro-choice policies earn an "F" in NARAL Pro-Choice America's annual rating of states' laws.

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In Our State

The majority of Virginians support continued access to safe, legal abortion and birth control. Sadly, anti-choice politicians in our state wish to roll back healthcare for women. Help us fight for a pro-choice Virginia by learning more and getting involved.

Political Info and Laws in Brief


Executive


  • Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is pro-choice.
  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D) is pro-choice.
  • Attorney General Mark Herring (D) is pro-choice.


Legislature


  • The Virginia House of Delegates is anti-choice.
  • The Virginia Senate is mixed-choice.


Major Political Party Platforms


  • The Virginia Democratic Party supports a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion.
  • The Virginia Republican Party opposes a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion.
 
Laws in Brief:
 
Each of the anti-choice laws below combine to chip away at Virginia women's ability to access abortion and make the full range of reproductive decisions without government interference. 

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia works to oppose policies like these and make Virginians aware of the challenges to choice that current anti-choice laws create. We also advocate for proactive pro-choice policies that help prevent unintended pregnancy, expand access to reproductive health care services and information, and give women greater control over their health and reproductive lives.
 
Anti-Choice Laws 

ABORTION BAN
Virginia bans a safe abortion procedure.

BIASED COUNSELING AND MANDATORY DELAY
Virginia law subjects women seeking abortions to biased counseling requirements and mandatory delays.

COUNSELING BAN/GAG RULE
Virginia prohibits certain state employees or organizations receiving state funds from referring women for abortion services.

INSURANCE PROHIBITION FOR ABORTION
Virginia restricts insurance coverage of abortion.

REFUSAL TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES
Virginia allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive health services, information, or referrals.

RESTRICTIONS ON LOW-INCOME WOMEN'S ACCESS TO ABORTION
Virginia restricts low-income women's access to abortion.

RESTRICTIONS ON YOUNG WOMEN'S ACCESS TO ABORTION
Virginia law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent and notice.

TARGETED REGULATION OF ABORTION PROVIDERS (TRAP)
Virginia law subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.

Pro-Choice Laws

LOW-INCOME WOMEN'S ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING
Virginia provides certain low-income women increased coverage for Medicaid-funded family-planning services.

Get more details at the NARAL Pro-Choice America website, where you can also compare Virginia to other states.
 
 
 
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