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Virginia Senate Committee Approves Bills to Repeal Mandatory Ultrasound; Abortion Coverage Ban
A little over a week after Democrats took control of the Virginia Senate, the newly-reorganized Education & Health Committee advanced a bill by Sen. Mamie Locke (SB 617) to roll back the intrusive ultrasound mandate law, as well as two bills from Sen. Locke and Senator Donald McEachin (SB 618 and SB 646) to overturn Virginia’s ban on the offering of abortion coverage in private health insurance plans sold through the federal health care exchange. These bills will head to the Senate floor, where a full vote is expected early next week.
"We are absolutely thrilled to see these critical women’s health bills advance to the full Senate,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. "It is fundamentally wrong for politicians to block health care access for women and families who need it in an effort to make personal decisions for them – be it through a mandatory ultrasound law designed to shame women and put up barriers to access, or through banning insurance coverage for safe, legal abortion.”
Today the Virginia Senate took the first step towards repealing these outrageous laws and returning personal medical decisions back to where they belong – between women, their families, and their doctors. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will continue to lobby legislators in support of these important bills as we work to promote healthy women and healthy families across the Commonwealth.”