SENATE DEMOCRATS ADVANCE MEASURE TO REMOVE MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY BARRIERS FOR WOMEN TO ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE THROUGH VIRGINIA SENATE

Richmond  Today, the Virginia Senate advanced Senate Bill 733 to remove the requirement that women undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion. The measure also expands who can perform a first-trimester abortion to nurse practitioners who are within the scope of practice. Democratic Caucus Chair Senator Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton) and Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) issued the following statements: 

"Today we gave women control over their bodies and their reproductive health," said Senator Locke. "Women do not need the state government to tell them what to do with their bodies. The only people who should be a part of the decision-making process on what a woman does with her body is herself and her healthcare professional." 

"Today, we took a major step in removing the most restrictive and unnecessary barriers set before women to access an abortion," said Senator McClellan. “It is a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, and it is time to tear down the barriers set by the government that will restrict a woman's choice." 

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