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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.