GOP-CONTROLLED COMMITTEE KILLS ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR VA WOMEN TO ACCESS CONTRACEPTION

Richmond, Va. -- This morning, Republicans on the Senate Education and Health Committee quietly killed Senator Mamie Locke’s (D-Hampton) bill SB404, which would have allowed women to obtain 12 months’ worth of contraception rather than having to refill their prescription multiple times over the course of a year, on a party line vote.

Said Senator Locke, “Other forms of contraception last longer. Injections, IUDs… These are effective for much longer than one month. There is no medical reason for women to not obtain more than a month’s supply at a time. It is an inconvenience that actively prevents lower income women from taking full control of their reproductive health.”

Said Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), “Virginia women have every right to make their own health care decisions. This kind of unnecessary barrier makes it more difficult for women to access safe contraceptive care by requiring them to make repetitive and unnecessary monthly trips to the pharmacy. There is no reason for it and the law needs to change.”

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