This is a HUGE week for reproductive health in Virginia – and we need your help now!
Wednesday afternoon all of our pro-choice bills in the House, including proposals to repeal mandatory ultrasound legislation and protect birth control in Virginia code, will be heard in the Courts and Justice subcommittee on Constitutional Law. In addition, the subcommittee will consider HB 98, Del. Bob Marshall’s dangerous anti-choice attempt to threaten abortion providers with criminal penalties.
Please contact members of the subcommittee right now and tell them to stand for women’s health!
Members of the Courts & Justice Subcommittee on Constitutional Law:
- Delegate Dave Albo: (804) 698-1042
- Del. Terry Kilgore: (804) 698-1001
- Del. Gregory Habeeb: (804) 698-1008
- Del. Manoli Loupassi: (804) 698-1068
- Del. Ron Villanueva: (804) 698-1021
- Del. Rick Morris: (804) 698-1064
- Del. Charniele Herring: (804) 698-1046
- Del. Patrick Hope: (804) 698-1047
- Health care decisions should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor, NOT politicians.
- Requiring an ultrasound before abortion is about political interference, not informed consent. Information should not be provided with the intent or result of shaming, judging, or making a woman change her mind.
- We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we can agree that these are personal, private decisions between a woman, her family, her faith, and her doctor. Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments, and politicians should not interfere in this private medical decision.
Oppose HB 98, an abortion ban that imposes criminal penalties on physicians for knowing a woman’s intentions to terminate a pregnancy on the basis of sex:
- This bill undermines the doctor-patient relationship, does nothing to address sex discrimination and gender-based violence, and undermines a woman’s private medical decision making.
- This bill purports to be about gender equality, but in fact it is a thinly veiled attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion care. This bill requires doctors and health care providers to specifically monitor the reasons women get abortions. Even if we disagree about abortion, we should all be able to agree that a woman’s personal and lawful health care decisions should not be singled out to be degraded, insulted, and exploited as a political tool.
- By regulating a pregnant woman’s motives for seeking an abortion and exposing the doctor to litigation, this legislation places physicians in an untenable position, threatening to undermine the doctor-patient relationship.
Thank you for taking action!