Richmond, Virginia— Today, as the 2023 Virginia General Assembly kicks off its short session, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia continues its mission to defend reproductive rights for all Virginians. PPAV calls upon lawmakers to prioritize building upon the important work from previous years to expand and protect abortion rights and reproductive freedom across the Commonwealth in the 2023 session.
Statement from Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:
“Our top priority is protecting access to essential, time-sensitive sexual and reproductive health care. We will oppose bills that put politicians in the middle of private medical decisions that should be left to each patient and their medical provider. We oppose any abortion ban, whether it’s Governor Youngkin’s 15-week abortion ban or Delegate March and Senator Chase’s total abortion ban. The goal of all abortion bans is the same: to stop people from accessing essential health care and to take away their power over their own bodies, lives, and futures.
The lack of constitutional protection for abortion has allowed extreme anti-abortion rights legislators to spread false narratives and erect harmful barriers to accessing essential care, but Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is prepared to defend the rights of Virginians, no matter what. This year, we look forward to supporting a constitutional amendment to permanently protect reproductive freedom in Virginia, because our rights should not be up for debate each legislative session — and the majority of Virginians who want to keep abortion safe and legal agree.”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) is a statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to preserve and broaden access to reproductive health care through legislation, public education, electoral activity and litigation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PPAV works to ensure that individuals and families have the freedom, information, and ability to make their own informed reproductive decisions.