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Virginia Bills to Repeal TRAP and Mandatory Ultrasound Laws Defeated in Senate Committee
Richmond - Today, the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee voted to pass by indefinitely on proposed legislation to repeal onerous targeted regulations on abortion providers and repeal current law requiring Virginia physicians to perform mandatory ultrasounds on women seeking abortion, as well as on a bill to codify the definition of birth control. In the same hearing, the Senate committee voted to indefinitely table SB 826, a callous anti-choice attempt to repeal Medicaid funding of abortion for low-income women whose fetuses are diagnosed with severe fetal anomalies.
"Once again, we see Virginia’s anti-choice lawmakers playing politics with women’s health by rejecting commonsense proposals that expand access to care,” said Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. "Today, tomorrow, and every day, women in Virginia have to jump through outrageous and unprecedented hoops in order to access what is a safe and common medical procedure, not to mention a constitutional right. This is not political theater – this is real policy that affects real people. The eight Senators who voted against this legislation aren’t paying attention to wants and needs of Virginia women when it comes to reproductive health care.”
Last year, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia joined thousands of women’s rights activists to protest egregious attacks on reproductive rights. In 2012, women in Virginia helped propel pro-choice President Obama to a second term with an unprecedented 13 point gender gap. The entire Virginia House of Delegates, as well as all statewide offices, are up for election this fall. Keene stated, "Virginia’s lawmakers would have been wise to listen to their constituents on this critical issue. I can assure you Virginians will not forget this come Election Day on November 5, 2013.”