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2019 General Assembly Session

Recent events in Virginia are a stark reminder of our nation’s history and culture of racism and sexual violence. It cuts across every industry, every political party, and every sector of our society. The intersection of racism and sexual violence mean that women of color, especially Black women, are most deeply impacted — often ignored by a society that has for far too long turned a blind eye to their pain and experiences.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia called for the governor and lieutenant governor to resign. It is time for Virginia, and for our country, to confront our long history of white supremacy and sexual violence head on, and to no longer turn a blind eye to the harm they cause.

Our work is not built on partisan politics or elected officials. The fight to expand access to healthcare happens on all fronts. We will continue to advocate for safe and legal abortion, quality and affordable health care, and communities where every one of us can live happy, healthy lives.

Check out the status of PPAV's 2019 General Assembly Priorities below.

Abortion Access

Repro Equal Access Law (REPEAL) – HB 2491 (Tran), SB 1451 (McClellan): Repeals every sham restriction to abortion access and eliminates targeted statutory requirements on abortion facilities.

Reproductive Freedom Act – HB 2369 (Herring), SB 1637 (Boysko): Establishes a person’s fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization and a person’s right to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate the pregnancy

Repeal Sham Restrictions to Abortion Access - HB 1863 (Rodman), SB 1054 (Locke)Repeals various politically-motivated restrictions to abortion access.

Health Insurance Coverage

Paid Family and Medical Leave – HB 2120 (Carroll Foy), SB 1639 (Boysko): Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2022.

  • Status HB 2120: 02/05/19  House: Left in Commerce and Labor
  • Status SB 1639: 1/28/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (13-Y 0-N)

No Co-Pay Contraception – HB 2207 (Filler-Corn), SB 1185 (Favola): Requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for any prescribed contraceptive drug, contraceptive device, or contraceptive procedure.

Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination in Health Insurance – HB 1864 (Rodman), SB 1287 (Barker): Prohibits health insurance plans from imposing restrictions or denying coverage to individuals because of their gender identity or transgender status. 

Reproductive Health Equity Act - HB 2378 (Price), SB 1132 (Locke)Requires health benefit plans to cover the costs of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures related to reproductive health.