RH Reality Check spoke with reproductive health-care professionals, including abortion providers, about their concerns regarding the vague language in the bill and how it could affect access to reproductive health care in the state.
The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant persons.
A three-judge panel said in its decision that the specialty license plates, which help fund anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers in the state, violate the First Amendment.
The bill, HB 4223, was introduced last May and has 34 Republican co-sponsors. Committee members reportedly expect the bill to advance after they reconvene to hear more testimony, possibly as early as next week.
The bill passed the state senate on a tie-breaking vote from the lieutenant governor, while a bill repealing a ban on insurance coverage for abortion failed.
Virginia legislators vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the harmful, medically unnecessary law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion and a mean-spirited ban that outlaws abortion coverage in plans sold in the federally facilitated marketplace.
Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.
A new rule designed to restrict access to abortion care for Medicaid recipients won’t go into effect before a trial challenging the constitutionality of the rule takes place.
The crowd, and the speakers, reflected a commitment to environmental and economic justice, to labor rights and immigrants’ rights, to public education. One hand-made sign summed up the spirit of the march: “I stand with so many groups here, I couldn’t pick just one.”
Anti-choicers want to take credit for the lower abortion rate, claiming that their efforts at stigmatizing it have caused women to choose to have babies instead. Unfortunately for them, the evidence suggests otherwise.