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Support critical pro-choice legislation THURSDAY!
This Thursday (Feb. 6th) the Senate Committee on Education and Health will consider pro-choice proposals to repeal Virginia's mandatory ultrasound and overturn the current abortion coverage ban. This is our one and only chance to advance these critical bills to the full Senate – and your legislators need to hear from you NOW!
- Sen. Newman: (804) 698-7523
- Sen. Edwards: (804) 698-7521
- Sen. Locke: (804) 698-7502
- Sen. McWaters: (804) 698-7508
- Sen. Black: (804) 698-7513
Overturn Virginia's abortion coverage ban:
- We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we should all agree that a woman who decides she needs an abortion deserves access to safe and legal medical care. If women do not have health insurance coverage for abortion, they may get unsafe abortions from unlicensed providers that could put their lives in danger.
- It’s wrong for the government to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure. Since insurance companies are willing to provide coverage, politicians shouldn't interfere. Politicians should not be able to stop private insurance companies that want to cover abortion from doing so.
- The Affordable Care Act already prohibits government subsidies from being used to purchase abortion coverage.
Repeal the mandatory ultrasound law:
- S.B 617 is a common-sense bill to repeal Virginia’s invasive and insulting mandatory ultrasound ban and improve access to healthcare for thousands of women and families. If passed,SB 617 would return private medical decisions back to patients and doctors – and get politicians out of Virginians’ personal healthcare choices.
- Requiring an ultrasound before abortion is about political interference, not informed consent. Information should not be provided with the intent or result of shaming, judging, or making a woman change her mind.
- We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we can agree that these are personal, private decisions between a woman, her family, her faith, and her doctor. Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments, and politicians should not interfere in this private medical decision.