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2017 Scored Bills
Virginia House of Delegates Scored Bills
Delegate Filler-Corn (D-41)
HB 2267 ensures that Virginia women’s health insurance covers them to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescription contraception at one time, improving health outcomes. The House voted 94-1 and the Senate voted 34-6 to make HB 2267 the first proactive reproductive health bill to pass in Virginia in over a decade! For many women, whether they work long hours or multiple jobs, lack access to reliable transportation, or live in a remote area of the Commonwealth, only receiving 30- or 90-day supplies of their prescription contraception at a time can be an obstacle to continuous and effective use, which leads to an increase in the incidence of unintended pregnancy. One less barrier to reproductive health is a huge victory for Virginia women!
Delegate Cline (R-24)
HB 2264 represents a blatant attempt to deny Virginia women access to the full range of comprehensive reproductive health care services. Based on model legislation drafted by a national anti-abortion organization, this bill would have prohibited the Virginia Department of Health from granting funds or entering into contracts with certain health care providers that perform abortion—specifically targeting Planned Parenthood. The bill would cut access to services like contraception, STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings, and abortion to the most medically-underserved Virginians. The bill passed the House of Delegates 62-34 and the Senate 20-19, before Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed the measure—a reminder that the governor’s mansion must remain a brick wall for reproductive rights.
Delegate Cline (R-24)
This resolution designates the anniversary of the January 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that struck down bans on abortion as the "Day of Tears” in Virginia. The resolution was designed to shame and stigmatize women who’ve had an abortion and convey that their political leaders don’t respect their personal decisions. The House of Delegates passed the measure 57-39.
Virginia Senate Scored Bills
Senator Favola (D-31)
Senator Favola’s bill would repeal Virginia’s unconstitutional 2011 TRAP law and bring Virginia into compliance with the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. During the 2011 General Assembly session, legislators added last-minute language to a bill aimed at regulating nursing homes that said "Facilities in which five or more first trimester abortions per month are performed shall be classified as a category of ‘hospital.’” This statue singled out first-trimester abortion providers for burdensome, medically-irrelevant hospital-level regulation. The intention was clear – anti-choice legislators hoped to create enough roadblocks for abortion clinics that they would be forced to close.
Senator Locke (D-2)
SB 1424 and its companion bill HB 2286 would give patients back their right to accurate, un-politicized informed consent by allowing them to waive non-medical, ideological, and medically-unnecessary state requirements before having an abortion. Virginia law currently requires physicians to communicate biased, state-written information to their abortion patients, perform medically-unnecessary diagnostic testing, and to force women to wait 24 hours for abortion care. State-written speeches and mandatory waiting periods serve one purpose: to shame and pressure women and make the process of obtaining an abortion as cost- and time-prohibitive as possible.
Senator Wexton (D-33)
The Whole Woman’s Health Act would codify the legal precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2016 decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, where the court ruled that any statute which places a burden on a woman’s access to abortion without conferring any legitimate health benefit is unenforceable. Senator Wexton’s bill would have repealed portions of the Virginia code that place an undue burden on a woman’s access to abortion without providing any legitimate benefits to her health – including mandatory ultrasounds, forced delay procedures, and regulating first trimester abortion facilities as a category of hospital. The bill was passed over indefinitely in the Committee on Education and Health.
*Indicates a pro-choice bill