REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROTECTION ACT CLEARS VIRGINIA HOUSE

Richmond — This afternoon, the Reproductive Health Protection Act cleared the Virginia House of Delegates. The omnibus package, made up of Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) SB 733 and incorporating Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw’s (D-Fairfax) SB 21 and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke’s (D-Hampton) SB 68, rolls back Virginia’s onerous and medically unnecessary barriers to abortion access, notably the requirement that a woman undergo an ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion. The patron and chief co-patrons issued the following statements:

Said Senator McClellan, “For far too long, Virginia has had medically unnecessary laws on the books specifically designed to stand between a woman and her right to make her own healthcare decisions. That is finally beginning to change.”

Said Senator Saslaw, “A woman’s healthcare decisions need to be made between her and her healthcare professional. Government does not need to be playing a role in that. This bill protects the women of Virginia and gives them back that fundamental right.”

Said Senator Locke, “For years, Senate Democrats have fought to empower women to make their own reproductive health decisions, and in today’s political climate that fundamental right is in jeopardy. The Reproductive Health Protection Act works to roll back many of the barriers that currently stand between a woman and her right to make her own healthcare decisions here in Virginia.”

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