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Richmond, Va – Last night, the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #4 considered several bills related to reproductive health care (link to video of full subcommittee). Four of the bills were introduced to protect Virginians assisting with legal abortion care from extradition (HB1539, HB1493) or unnecessary search and seizure of menstrual health data (HB78, HB1359). The committee also considered and defeated two abortion bans. Delegate Griffin, the patron of the total abortion ban, received extensive questioning from committee members. Several reproductive freedom advocates testified in person and virtually in opposition to the abortion bans. The Family Foundation, Virginia Society for Human Life, Virginia Catholic Conference, and Pro-Family Women all testified in support of both abortion bans, including the total abortion ban without a rape or incest exception and that also has implications for miscarriage management, ectopic pregnancies and invitro fertilization.

Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia: 

“In the subcommittee last night we witnessed legislators in the Democratic, pro-reproductive freedom majority advance legislation to protect reproductive health care providers and patients while anti-abortion House Republicans continued their pursuit to advance an abortion ban. Politicians have no business controlling someone’s private medical decisions. To allow them that control would be a grave danger to our health, lives and freedom. We need to enshrine reproductive freedom in our constitution to stop abortion bans once and for all. 

Thank you to Chair Hope, Delegate Watts, Delegate Simon, Delegate Maldonado and Delegate Callsen who voted both in support of the bills to protect patients and providers and in opposition to abortion bans.” 


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