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AG: Bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks likely unconstitutional

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring found that a proposed bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks is “very likely be struck down as unconstitutional.”


Board removes restrictions on Virginia abortion clinics

The Virginia Board of Health voted 11-4 on Monday to approve regulatory changes that remove restrictions on Virginia’s women’s health clinics.

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox on Board of Health delay

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox issued the following statement on the Board of Health’s decision to delay a vote on abortion clinic regulations.

Virginia reactions to Supreme Court Texas abortion ruling

Think the Supreme Court ruling striking down a restrictive Texas abortion law on Monday doesn’t hit close to home?

Any self-respecting Supreme Court would have struck down the Texas abortion law

I was asked at year’s end for my predictions for the coming year. One prediction I made was that the Court would strike down the Texas abortion law.

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a 2013 Texas law that had put rigid restrictions on abortion clinics.

House of Delegates votes to defund Planned Parenthood

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that prohibits public funding of clinics that provide abortions for cases other than rape, incest, or life-endangerment.

House subcommittee passes ban on abortion after 20 weeks

The House of Delegates Courts of Justice – Constitutional Law Subcommittee passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks with very little exceptions.

Virginia Senate blocks women’s right to choose

The Senate defeated Donald McEachin’s SB 183, which would have removed the prohibition on covering abortions in insurance plans and riders sold on Virginia’s health exchange.

Ultrasound requirement ban rejected by Senate committee

A Senate committee voted Thursday to defeat SB53, a bill proposed by Sen. Mamie Locke that would repeal Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound rule.

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Bernie Sanders on Roe v. Wade

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Friday’s anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.


Roe at 43: Is the Democratic Party harming the women’s movement?

Has the pro-choice movement has made some tactical mistakes that have resulted in the erosion of abortion rights guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision?

First silly comment of the 2016 General Assembly session: Floor is yours, Rick Morris

Any thought that the Virginia General Assembly may operate in something resembling détente is out the window, courtesy a culturally clueless guy named Rick Morris.

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Tim Kaine statement on vote against federal abortion ban

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released a statement today after voting today against a 20-week federal abortion ban.

Bob Goodlatte: Protecting life from the start

New life – there is nothing more precious. In the past months, as a series of undercover videos have shed light on Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, it is even clearer that life is a gift that must be fiercely protected.

Bob Goodlatte: Unborn children feel pain

Congress has the power, and the responsibility, to acknowledge these developments in our understanding of the ability of unborn children to feel pain.

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ACLU of Virginia welcomes attorney general opinion overturning women’s health center rules

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today welcomed the formal opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Herring that overrules flawed legal advice given by the prior administration to the Board of Health during the 2012 regulatory process for women’s health centers that provide abortion.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia applauds attorney general opinion on clinics

This morning, the Office of the Attorney General issued new legal guidance regarding how the Virginia Department of Health and State Board of Health can proceed with implementing revisions to Virginia’s TRAP regulations.

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Governor McAuliffe statement on Attorney General Herring advisory opinion on clinic regulations

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement praising Attorney General Mark Herring’s advisory opinion that the law does not require the Virginia Board of Health to apply politically-motivated regulations to existing women’s health clinics.

Abortion: What are we really doing when we restrict an already safe procedure?

Abortion is at its root a public health and safety issue. Strikingly, the numbers of abortions were fairly constant pre- and post- the Roe v. Wade decision, at roughly one million per year. The difference legality has made is in safety, for all women and especially for poor women of color.

20-week abortion ban withdrawn in House subcommittee

This afternoon, House Bill 2321, a dangerous measure intended to ban abortion at 20 weeks in Virginia, was withdrawn after members of the House of Delegates Constitutional Law subcommittee questioned the bill’s substance and impact.

Planned Parenthood condemns defeat of measures protecting access to reproductive healthcare

This afternoon, members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice Constitutional Law subcommittee defeated two critical measures that would have reduced barriers to obtaining comprehensive reproductive health care in Virginia.

Planned Parenthood raises issue with Senate vote on ultrasounds, waiting periods

This morning, members of the Senate Education and Health committee defeated SB733 (D-Locke) and SB920 (D-Wexton), measures that would have removed the mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period required prior to abortion.

Planned Parenthood condemns proposed 20-week abortion ban

Last night, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a group of Republican legislators introduced HB2321, a dangerous measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks in Virginia.

Board of Health vote is crucial step in protecting women’s health

Today’s affirmative vote on the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action is the first step toward ensuring that rules for women’s health centers are based in medicine and reflect the safety record of first-trimester abortion.

Virginia Board of Health will reexamine politically-motivated regulations targeting abortion providers

Today, the Virginia Board of Health took an important step toward potentially revising politically-motivated regulations targeting the state’s abortion providers.

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Planned Parenthood congratulates Mark Warner on Senate victory

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia publicly congratulated Senator Mark Warner on his victory over Ed Gillespie in Tuesday’s election.

Tricia Erickson: Is Romney using a familiar strategy to garner support for another run?

Mitt Romney has been very busy traversing the states, playing out the same strategy of raising money for midterm candidates that he effected running up to his 2012 Presidential run.

Planned Parenthood pleased with decision to amend TRAP restrictions

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia lauded today’s announcement by Virginia Health Commission Dr. Marissa Levine to move forward with amending Virginia’s Targeted Restrictions for Abortion Providers (TRAP).

The Republicans’ extraordinary pattern of destructiveness

In the conduct of today’s Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness.

ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley

At the ACLU of Virginia, we are often faced with cases, like this one, where it is necessary to protect what appears to be two competing constitutional rights.

Andy Schmookler: What kind of Christianity is this?

In the past several decades, a major force has entered the American political arena under an explicitly Christian banner. I’m talking about the Christian Right, which has aligned itself with the Republican Party. Has this alliance advanced the values that Jesus taught?

Ken Plum: The interesting politics of the Medicaid gap

People who could benefit from an expansion of Medicaid that closes the coverage gap by insuring more of the working poor are found throughout the Commonwealth.

Shak Hill: Mark Warner waging War on Girls

Shak Hill, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, released a video today blasting Virginia’s incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner for waging a “War on Girls” and claiming that Warner supports so-called “gender-selective” abortion.

Video: Dems say ‘nothing’s changed’ with Ed Gillespie

On Thursday, Ed Gillespie appeared on the CPAC panel title “Reaching Out: The Rest of the Story.” The panelists were supposed to focus on how the GOP can better appeal to minority voters. However, the largely empty room heard the same divisive, tone-deaf rhetoric that Virginians heard during the 2013 election.

ACLU: General Assembly session mixed on civil liberties

The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die. “

Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus outlines challenges, successes

The Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus held a press conference Tuesday outlining their efforts to roll back extreme legislation backed by Republicans to obstruct women’s access to health care.

Senate Democrats vote to protect women’s access to healthcare

The Senate Committee on Education and Health voted along party lines Thursday to report two bills that would protect women’s access to healthcare by rolling back restrictions enacted by Republicans.

ACLU releases 2014 Virginia General Assembly legislative priorities

The ACLU of Virginia today released its 2014 General Assembly Session policy priorities by hand-delivery to all legislator offices. The organization has prioritized several legislative initiatives that will advance the civil rights and liberties of all Virginians.

Bob Marshall: McAuliffe thinks he can get away with it

“If [Governor-elect] Mr. McAuliffe thinks he can usurp powers of the legislature, he’s courting a divorce before the honeymoon… this is Virginia, not Washington.” That’s what I told the Charlottesville NBC affiliate recently when asked to comment about McAuliffe’s plan to extend special protections to certain classes of state employees.

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Democrats hit Mark Obenshain on transvaginal ultrasounds

Remember the transvaginal ultrasound debates that riveted the Virginia General Assembly in 2012? Virginia Democrats want you to, and want you to remember where Republican attorney general nominee Mark Obenshain was, basically in the middle of it all.