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Richmond, Va — Yesterday, anti-abortion politician Delegate Tim Griffin filed HB1364, an anti-science bill that would ban abortion outright and has implications for miscarriage management, in vitro fertilization, and other assisted reproductive technologies, and even some common types of contraception.

Statement from Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia: 

"Anti-abortion rights Delegate Tim Griffin has kept with the tradition of Republican legislators introducing an abortion ban at the start of the General Assembly Session. Anti-science legislation like this could restrict a wide range of reproductive health care and open the door for prosecutions and investigations of pregnant people who experience pregnancy loss, like miscarriage or stillbirth. We have seen this exact scenario play out in Texas and Ohio, states where pregnancy outcomes have been criminalized due to the ever-changing reproductive rights laws. It is unconscionable that our elected officials would consider policies that could treat already vulnerable members of our community with such callous disregard and put them at incredible risk. 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.

Thankfully, the House of Delegates now has a pro-reproductive rights majority and we expect they will swiftly reject this dangerous bill along with other attempts to place politicians in the middle of private medical decisions.”


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 choices.

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