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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 NARAL Pro-Choice America's annual report rating and comparing each state's laws on reproductive rights, Virginia currently receives a failing "F" grade. Additionally, 85% of Virginia counties do not currently have an abortion provider, and over half of Virginia women do not have local access to safe, legal abortion care in their own area.
Our Current State Government:
- Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is pro-choice.
- Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D) is pro-choice.
- Attorney General Mark Herring (D) is pro-choice.
- The Virginia House of Delegates is anti-choice.
- The Virginia Senate is mixed-choice.
Anti-Choice Laws Currently on the Books
Each of the policies 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 impact current laws have.
ABORTION BANVirginia bans a safe abortion procedure.
BIASED COUNSELING AND MANDATORY DELAYVirginia law subjects women seeking abortions to biased counseling requirements and mandatory delays.
COUNSELING BAN/GAG RULEVirginia prohibits certain state employees or organizations receiving state funds from referring women for abortion services.
INSURANCE PROHIBITION FOR ABORTIONVirginia restricts insurance coverage of abortion.
REFUSAL TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICESVirginia 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 ABORTIONVirginia restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
RESTRICTIONS ON YOUNG WOMEN'S ACCESS TO ABORTIONVirginia 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 Currently on the Books
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.
LOW-INCOME WOMEN'S ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING:
Virginia provides certain low-income women increased coverage for Medicaid-funded family-planning services.