Current Abortion Legislation

Current Situation: Although the Roe v. Wade landmark supreme court case took place over 40 years ago, abortion is still a highly debated civil rights issue in American and Virginian politics.  Pro life and pro choice activists continue to spar over the perceived benefits and risks of increased access to abortion, and multiple pieces of legislation relating to the topic of abortion are presented in both the Virginia General Assembly and the United States Congress every year.  Abortion is a highly controversial and sensitive topic, and abortion activists on both sides of the aisle have found it hard to achieve common ground on legislation.

 

2020 Representative Positions

This page provides information on the opinions of Virginia delegates, state senators, and representatives regarding access to abortion.

Virginia Senators and Abortion

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have been steadfast supporters of many women’s rights issues, including protecting a women’s right to an abortion among other related civil rights issues.  This page lists out basic information regarding both of their stated views on abortion and gives a listing of legislation which they have sponsored, supported, and opposed relating to abortion and reproductive rights while serving as Virginia’s Senators.

Current Abortion Legislation 1Current Abortion Legislation

Current Situation: Although the Roe v. Wade landmark supreme court case took place over 40 years ago, abortion is still a highly debated civil rights issue in American and Virginian politics.  Pro life and pro choice activists continue to spar over the perceived benefits and risks of increased access to abortion, and multiple pieces of legislation relating to the topic of abortion are presented in both the Virginia General Assembly and the United States Congress every year.  Abortion is a highly controversial and sensitive topic, and abortion activists on both sides of the aisle have found it hard to achieve common ground on legislation.

 

Summary

Current Situation: Although the Roe v. Wade landmark supreme court case took place over 40 years ago, abortion is still a highly debated civil rights issue in American and Virginian politics.  Pro life and pro choice activists continue to spar over the perceived benefits and risks of increased access to abortion, and multiple pieces of legislation relating to the topic of abortion are presented in both the Virginia General Assembly and the United States Congress every year.  Abortion is a highly controversial and sensitive topic, and abortion activists on both sides of the aisle have found it hard to achieve common ground on legislation.

 

About

Source: Thirteen

Landmark Cases:

Roe v. Wade (1973)

Roe v. Wade (1973) ruled unconstitutional a state law that banned abortions except to save the life of the mother. The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester. Even then, an exception had to be made to protect the life of the mother. Controversial from the moment it was released, Roe v. Wade politically divided the nation more than any other recent case and continues to inspire heated debates, politics, and even violence today (“the culture wars”).

Planned Parenthood v. Casey

In Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992), the Supreme Court affirmed the basic ruling of Roe v. Wade that the state is prohibited from banning most abortions. Casey also ruled, however, that states may regulate abortions so as to protect the health of the mother and the life of the fetus, and may outlaw abortions of “viable” fetuses. The abortion debates began in 1973, when the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade created a political and legal upheaval nationwide. Many states openly defied Roe by passing new laws that prohibited abortions. Other states, such as Pennsylvania, sought to circumvent Roe by imposing procedural hurdles upon women seeking abortions.

Pro Choice Movement

Source: National Abortion Federation

History of Abortion

Abortion has been performed for thousands of years, and in every society that has been studied. It was legal in the United States from the time the earliest settlers arrived. At the time the Constitution was adopted, abortions before “quickening” were openly advertised and commonly performed.

In the mid-to-late 1800s states began passing laws that made abortion illegal. The motivations for anti-abortion laws varied from state to state. One of the reasons included fears that the population would be dominated by the children of newly arriving immigrants, whose birth rates were higher than those of “native” Anglo-Saxon women.

Pro Choice Organizations in Virginia

Naral Pro-Choice Virginia

ACLU of Virginia

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood

 

Pro Life Movement

Source: Organization of American Historians

Abolishing Abortion: The History of the Pro-Life Movement in America

By Jennifer L Holland

In March 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump argued that women who had abortions should be punished if abortion were made illegal. Trump quickly reversed himself, but the previously pro-choice candidate had stumbled into an argument that pro-life advocates have studiously avoided over the last forty years for fear of being labelled antiwoman. Some social observers looked at such statements and wondered if they signaled the declining importance of pro-life politics, and social conservatism more broadly, to the Republican party. Is the antiabortion movement no longer relevant in the United States? Those who would answer yes might suffer from myopia. In fact, the antiabortion movement, in its many iterations, has radically transformed Americans’ ideas about women’s bodies, reproduction, feminist politics, and of course, fetal life. In the two centuries the movement has existed, its constituencies, tactics, and tools have all changed.

Pro Life Organizations in Virginia

Virginia Society for Human Life

The Family Foundation of Virginia

Pro-life Action League

 

 

General Assembly

Source: Naral Pro Choice Virginia

REPro Equal Access Laws (SB 1451 – HB 2491)

Patrons: Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Kathy Tran

Status: SB 1451 died in Senate Committee on Education and Health, HB 2491 died in House Committee on Courts.

 

Reproductive Freedom Act (SB 1637 – HB 2369)

Patrons: Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Charniele Herring

Status: SB 1637 died in Senate Committee on Education and Health, HB 2369 was left in House Committee on Rules.

 

Constitutional amendment banning public funding of abortion (HJ 715)

Patron: Delegate Kathy Byron

Status: Left in House Committee on Privileges and Elections

 

Repeal ultrasound requirement for abortion (SB 1054)

Patron: Senator Mamie Locke

Status: Incorporated into SB 1451 and passed by indefinitely in Senate Committee on Education & Health.

 

Senate Committees

Source: Virginia Public Access Project

Committee on Education and Health

Subcommittees: Certificate of Public Need, Health Care, Health Professions. Higher Education, Public Education

Members

Newman, Stephen (Chair-R)   Barker, George (D)
Black, Dick (R)
Carrico, Bill (R)
Chase, Amanda (R)
Cosgrove, John (R)
Dunnavant, Siobhan (R)
Howell, Janet (D)
Lewis, Lynwood (D)
Locke, Mamie (D)
Lucas, Louise (D)
Peake, Mark (R)
Petersen, Chap (D)
Saslaw, Dick (D)
Suetterlein, Dave (R)

 

 

House Committees

Source: Virginia Public Access Project

Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions

Members

Orrock, Bobby (Chair) (R)
Aird, Lashrecse (D)
Bell, Dickie (R)
Bell, Rob (R)
Delaney, Karrie (D)
Edmunds, James (R)
Garrett, Scott (R)
Hayes, Cliff (D)
Head, Christopher (R)
Helsel, Gordon (R)
Hodges, Keith (R)
Hope, Patrick (D)
James, Matthew (D)
Levine, Mark (D)
Peace, Chris (R)
Pogge, Brenda (R)
Price, Cia (D)
Rasoul, Sam (D)
Robinson, Roxann (R)
Rodman, Debra (D)
Sickles, Mark (D)
Stolle, Chris (R)

US Congress

Senate Committees

Source: HELP

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

-Subcommittee on Children and Families (^)

-Subcomittee on Employment and Workplace Safety (“)

-Subcomittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security (*)

Members

Alexander, Lamar (Chairman, R-TN)^”*
Murray, Patty (Ranking Member, D-WA)^”*
Burr, Richard (R-NC)^”
Paul, Rand (R-KY)^”
Scott, Tim (R-SC)^”*
Romney, Mitt (R-UT)^”*
Braun, Mike (R-IN)”*
Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI)”*
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)”*
Smith, Tina (D-MN)^”
Jones, Doug (D-AL)”*
Rosen, Jacky (D-NV)”*

 

 

 

House Committees

Subcomittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (House Appropriations Committee)

Ranking Members

DeLauro, Rose (Chair, D-CT)

Cole, Tom (Ranking Member, R-OK)

 

Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services (House Committee on Education and Labor)

Ranking Members

Bonamici, Suzanne (Chair, D-OR)

Comer, James (Ranking Member, R-KY)

 

Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (House Committee on Education and Labor)

Ranking and Virginia Members

Wilson, Frederica S. (Chair, D-FL)

Walberg, Tim (Ranking Member, R-MI)

Bobby Scott (D-VA)

 

Subcomittee on Health (House Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Ranking and Virginia Members

Eshoo, Anna (Chair, D-CA)

Burgess, Michael C. (Ranking Member, R-TX)

Griffith, Morgan (R-VA)

 

Subcomittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (House Committee on the Judiciary)

Ranking and Virginia Members

Cohen, Steve (Chair, D-TN)

Johnson, Mike (Ranking Member, R-LA)

Cline, Ben (R-VA)

 

Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (House Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Ranking Members

Raskin, Jamie (Chair, D-MD)

Roy, Chip (Ranking Member, R-TX)

 

Subcommittee on Health (House Committee on Ways and Means)

Ranking Members

Doggett, Lloyd (Chair, D-TX)

Nunes, Devin (Ranking Member, R-CA)

 

Polls and Statistics

Source: Pew Research Center

National Public Opinion Poll, 1995-2019

As of 2019, public support for legal abortion remains as high as it has been in two decades of polling. Currently, 61% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 38% say it should be illegal in all or most cases.

Public Opinion in Virginia

Views about abortion by state (2014)

Virginia matched the national average for support of abortion in all or most cases in 2014, with 55% of Virginia adults and 55% of US adults supporting access to abortion.

State stats: Virginia

Source: The Guttmacher Institute

State Facts About Abortion: Virginia

In 2014, some 21,080 abortions were provided in Virginia, though not all abortions that occurred in Virginia were provided to state residents, as some patients may have traveled from other states; likewise, some individuals from Virginia may have traveled to another state for an abortion. There was a 23% decline in the abortion rate in Virginia between 2011 and 2014, from 16.3 to 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Abortions in Virginia represent 2.3% of all abortions in the United States.

News

How the debate over the ERA became a fight over Abortion

Source: Politico

By Eleanor Mueller and And Alice Miranda Ollstein

February 11, 2020

Advocates for the ERA acknowledge that abortion needs to be part of the conversation. Any debate over women’s rights, they say, must also address control over when and whether to have children.

“There are no equal rights for women without access to abortion, plain and simple,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood.

Democrats Discuss Abortion Rights in Depth at Debate

Source: The New York Times

By Stephanie Saul

February 7, 2020

In their most substantive debate statements to date on abortion, several of the leading Democratic presidential candidates reaffirmed on Friday night that if elected, they would put forward only Supreme Court nominees who supported Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing a woman’s right to abortion.

Historically, many presidential candidates have shied away from an outright litmus test on abortion or any other issue, arguing that Supreme Court justices should not be selected based on their political positions but on their experience and jurisprudence. But that has changed this campaign cycle.

How abortion in Virginia went from a Trump talking point to a winning issue for Democrats

Source: Vox

By Anna North

January 30, 2020

The Democratic wins in 2019 meant legislators could advance a number of progressive priorities in 2020, including a measure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which passed earlier this month.

And on January 7, McClellan prefiled the Reproductive Health Protection Act in the Senate. Del. Charniele Herring, the first woman and the first person of color to become the majority leader of the House of Delegates, introduced the bill in the House.

The bill repeals a number of restrictions on abortion, most of them introduced by Republican legislators in the past 10 years. In addition to the ultrasound and waiting period requirements, it also gets rid of the requirement that doctors offer patients certain printed materials about abortion.

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2020 Representative Positions

This page provides information on the opinions of Virginia delegates, state senators, and representatives regarding access to abortion.

Summary

This page provides information on the opinions of Virginia delegates, state senators, and representatives regarding access to abortion.

Virginia General Assembly- House

Northern Virginia

Delegates who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her support here.

Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-10): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Danica Roem (D-13): Read  more about legislation she sponsored here.

Delegate Liz Guzman (D-31): Read more about legislation she sponsored here.

Delegate David Reid (D-32): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his support here.

Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-34): Read more about her support here.

Delegate Mark Keam (D-35): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate David Bulova (D-37): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Ken Plum (D-36): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Kaye Kory (D-38): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her support here.

Delegate Vivian Watts (D-39): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Kathy Tran (D-42): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and legislation she was a patron of here.

Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Paul Krizek (D-44): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his support here.

Delegate Mark Levine (D-45): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his support here.

Delegate Charniele Herring (D-46): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Rip Sullivan (D-48): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and his support here.

Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-49): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Lee Carter (D-50): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here, legislation he sponsored here, and his support here.

Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her support here.

Delegate Luke Torian (D-52): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Karrie Delaney (D-67): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate John Bell (D-87): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

 

Delegates whose Position is Unclear:

Delegate Ibraheem Samirah (D-86)

 

Delegates who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Chris Collins (R-29): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33): Read about his opposition here and his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40): Read about his opposition here and his voting record on abortion here.

 

 

 

Central Virginia

Delegates who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate David Toscano (R-57): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

 

Delegates who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Mike Webert (R-18): Read more about his opposition here and his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Tony Wilt (R-26): Read more about his voting record on abortion here and his opposition here.

Delegate Bob Thomas (R-28): Read more about his opposition here.

Delegate Nick Freitas (R-30): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Robert Orrock (R-54): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

Delegate Rob Bell (R-58): Read more about his voting record on abortion here and his opposition here.

Delegate Matthew Farris (R-59): Read more about his voting record on abortion here and his opposition here.

Delegate Mark Cole (R-88): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

 

Delegates whose Position is Unclear

Delegate John McGuire (R-56)

 

 

 

Southeastern Virginia

Delegates who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Kelly Fowler (D-21): Read more about her support here.

Delegate Cliff Hayes (D-77): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Stephen Heretick (D-79): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Matthew James (D-80): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Joseph Lindsey (D-90): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Jeion Ward (D-92): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and her voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Mike Mullin (D-93): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and his support here.

Delegate Marcia Price (D-95): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and her voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

Delegates who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Emily Brewer (R-64): View a video of her speaking at the House Republican Press Conference on Life here.

Delegate Chris Jones (R-76): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Jeff Leftwich (R-78): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Barry Knight (R-81): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Jason Miyares (R-82): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Christopher Stolle (R-83): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Glenn Davis (R-84): Read more about his voting record on abortion here and his opposition here.

Delegate Jennifer Kiggans (R-85): Read more about her endorsement by the National Right to Life Committee here.

Delegate Gordon Helsel (R-91): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate David Yancey (R-94): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96): Read more about her voting record o abortion legislation here.

Delegate Margaret Ransone (R-99):  Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and her opposition here.

Delegate Robert Bloxom (R-100): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

 

Delegates whose Position is Unclear

Delegate Jay Jones (D-89)

 

Southcentral Virginia

Delegate who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D-63): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and her support here.

Delegate Dawn Adams (D-68): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Betsy Carr (D-69): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and her voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-70): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and legislation she sponsored here.

Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-72): Read more about legislation he sponsored here and his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Debra Rodman (D-73): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

Delegate Lamont Bagby (D-74): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delgate Roz Tyler (D-75): Read more about legislation she sponsored here and her voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

Delegates who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Roxann Robinson (R-27): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Buddy Fowler (R-55): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate James Edmunds (R-60): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Thomas Wright (R-61): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Riley Ingram (R-62): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Lee Ware (R-65): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Kirkland Cox (R-66): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Chris Peace (R-97): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Keith Hodges (R-98): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

Delegates whose Position is Unclear

Delegate Jeffrey Bourne (D-71)

Southwestern Virginia

Delegates who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-11): Read about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and his support here.

Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12): Read more about his endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here and his support here.

 

Delegates who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-1): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Will Morefield (R-3): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-5): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Jeffrey Campbell (R-6): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Nick Rush (R-7): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Charlie Poindexter (R-9): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

Delegate Danny Marshall (R-14): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Les Adams (R-16): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Chris Head (R-17): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Terry Austin (R-19): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

Delegate Kathy Byron (R-22): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

Delegate Scott Garrett (R-23):  Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

Delegate Ronnie Campbell (R-24): Read more about his opposition here.

Delegate Todd Pillion (R-40): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

 

Delegates whose Position is Unclear

Delegate Joseph McNamara (R-8)

 

 

 

Virginia General Assembly- Senate

Northern Virginia

Delegates who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Jeremy McPike (D-29): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30):Read more about his voting record on abortion and legislation he sponsored here.

State Senator Barbara Favola (D-31): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here .

State Senator Janet Howell (D-32): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-33): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and her support here.

State Senator Chap Petersen (D-34): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Dick Saslaw (D-35): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his support here.

State Senator Scott Surovell (D-36): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his support here.

State Senator David Marsden (D-37): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his rating from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

State Senator George Barker (D-39): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senators who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Richard Black (R-13): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Jill Vogel (R-27): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

 

Central Virginia

State Senators who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25): Read more about his voting record on abortion here.

 

State Senators who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

State Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Richard Stuart (R-28): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

South Central Virginia

State Senators who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-9): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and her support here.

State Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-10): Read more about her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

State Senator Joe Morrissey (D-16): Read more about his endorsements from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood here.

State Senator Louise Lucas (D-18): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

State Senators who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Amanda Chase (R-11): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Frank Ruff (R-15): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Bill Stanley (R-20): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Mark Peake (R-22): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his opposition here.

Southeastern Virginia

State Senators who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Monty Mason (D-1): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Mamie Locke (D-2): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and her rating from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

State Senator Lionell Spruill (D-5): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Lynwood Lewis (D-6): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

State Senators who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator Thomas Norment (R-3); Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Jennifer Kiggans (R-7): Read more about her endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee here.

State Senator Bill DeSteph (R-8): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here

State Senator John Cosgrove (R-14): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

Southwestern Virginia

State Senators who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator John Edwards (D-21): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

 

State Senators who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

State Senator David Suetterlein (R-19): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Steve Newman (R-23): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Benton Chafin (R-38): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here.

State Senator Todd Pillion (R-40): Read more about his endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee here.

 

US House

Representatives who Generally Support Increased Access to Abortion

US Representative Elaine Luria (D-2): Read more about her support here and her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice Virginia here.

US Representative Bobby Scott (D-3): Read more about his 100% rating from Naral Pro-Choice America here and his voting record here.

US Representative Donald McEachin (D-4): Read more about his 100% rating for his voting record on women’s reproductive rights from Planned Parenthood here and his voting record on abortion legislation here.

US Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-7): Read more about her 100% rating for her voting record on women’s reproductive rights from Planned Parenthood here and her support here.

US Representative Don Beyer (D-8): Read more about his 100% ratings from Naral Pro-Choice America as well as Planned Parenthood here and his support here.

US Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-10): Read more about her voting record on abortion legislation here and her endorsement from Naral Pro-Choice America here.

US Representative Gerry Connolly (D-11): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here,  his 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-Choice America here, and his support here.

 

Representatives who Generally Oppose Increased Access to Abortion

US Representative Rob Wittman (R-1): Read more about about his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee here, his voting record on abortion legislation here, and his opposition here.

US Representative Denver Riggleman (R-5): Read more about his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee here.

US Representative Ben Cline (R-6): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee here.

US Representative Morgan Griffith (R-9): Read more about his voting record on abortion legislation here and his 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee here.

 

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Virginia Senators and Abortion

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have been steadfast supporters of many women’s rights issues, including protecting a women’s right to an abortion among other related civil rights issues.  This page lists out basic information regarding both of their stated views on abortion and gives a listing of legislation which they have sponsored, supported, and opposed relating to abortion and reproductive rights while serving as Virginia’s Senators.

Summary

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have been steadfast supporters of many women’s rights issues, including protecting a women’s right to an abortion among other related civil rights issues.  This page lists out basic information regarding both of their stated views on abortion and gives a listing of legislation which they have sponsored, supported, and opposed relating to abortion and reproductive rights while serving as Virginia’s Senators.

Senator Tim Kaine

Relevant Committees

 Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Subcommittee on Children and Families

Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues

Sponsored Legislation and Key Votes

Sponsored Legislation

S 2578: Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (Co-sponsor)

Key Votes

Sn Amdt 2669: Rescinds Funds from Planned Parenthood (voted Nay)

HR 3762: Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (voted Nay)

HJ Res 43: Providing for Congressional Disapproval of the Rule Submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Relating to Compliance with Title X Requirements by Project Recipients in Selecting Subrecipients (voted Nay)

S Amdt 2791: Preventive Services Coverage Requirements (voted Yea)

HR 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (voted Nay)

 

Endorsements/Views

Source: Wikipedia

Kaine, a Roman Catholic, is personally against abortion, but is “largely inclined to keep the law out of women’s reproductive decisions.” Kaine has said: “I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions. In government, we have enough things to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.” Kaine supports some legal restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent for minors (with a judicial bypass procedure) and banning late-term abortions in cases where the woman’s life is not at risk.

Tim Kaine has received scores based on his support for abortion and related women’s issues from the following organizations:

Planned Parenthood has given Senator Kaine a perfect score of 100 for his voting record on abortion and women’s issues, and has endorsed Senator Kaine multiple times.

Naral Pro-Choice America has also given Sentor Kaine a perfect score of 100 for his voting record on abortion and reproductive issues.

The Anti-Abortion National Right to Life Committee has given Senator Kaine a score of 0 for his voting record on abortion.

Senator Mark Warner

Relevant Committees

Currently, Senator Warner is not a member of any congressional committee which is related to healthcare in general, women’s healthcare, or civil and human rights.

Sponsored Legislation and Key Votes

Source: Vote Smart

Sponsored Legislation

S 2578: Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (Co-sponsor)

Key Votes

Sn Amdt 2669: Rescinds Funds from Planned Parenthood (voted Nay)

HR 3762: Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (voted Nay)

HJ Res 43: Providing for Congressional Disapproval of the Rule Submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Relating to Compliance with Title X Requirements by Project Recipients in Selecting Subrecipients (voted Nay)

S Amdt 2791: Preventive Services Coverage Requirements (voted Yea)

S Amdt 2962:Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services (voted Yea, which was a tabling vote in this case. PLEASE NOTE: Tabling votes  of Yea halt and aim to remove legislation from further consideration, votes of Nay aim to further consider the legislation.)

HR 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (voted Yea)

Endorsements/Views

Source: On the Issues

In an interview, Senator Warner stated “I support Roe v Wade. But I think folks with differing views on the issue of abortion can all agree that we ought to do everything we can to reduce unintended pregnancies. I signed a bill when I was governor to require parental notification with a judicial bypass. As the father of three daughters, I am very comfortable with this law.”

Senator Warner has received scores from the following organizations based on his voting record on abortion and related women’s issues:

Planned Parenthood has given Senator Warner a perfect score of 100 for his voting record on abortion and women’s issues and has endorsed him numerous times.

Naral Pro-Choice America has also given Senator Warner a perfect score of 100 for his voting record on abortion and reproductive issues.

The Anti-Abortion National Right to Life Committee has given Senator Warner a score of 0 for his voting record on abortion.

Federal News

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule

Source: The Hill

By Nathan Weixel

February 11, 2020

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the Trump administration over a new rule requiring insurers to send a separate bill for abortion coverage.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, claims the rule is designed to make insurance companies stop offering coverage for abortion.

Under the rule, insurance companies that sell plans on the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces will be required to send two separate bills to customers — one for the coverage of abortion care, and another for coverage of other health care.

Trump first president to attend anti-abortion rally

Source: BBC

By Ritu Prasad

January 24, 2020

Until now no president had ever attended the march, which takes place just steps from the White House, though previous Republican presidents, including George W Bush and Ronald Reagan, have addressed the group remotely.

Mr Trump’s appearance at the 47th March for Life delighted protesters.

Voters who support limiting abortion make up a key constituency for Mr Trump, who is seeking their support at the polls again in the 2020 election.

On Friday, marchers in Washington shouted “four more years” and “we love you”.

Court strikes down Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

Source: CNN

By Caroline Kelly- December 13, 2019

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban on Friday, the latest legal blow to an effort by a conservative-leaning state looking to restrict abortion.

None of the bans passed by Mississippi and eight other states this year restricting abortion past a certain point in pregnancy have gone into effect, with most of them having been blocked by federal judges.

“States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman’s right, but they may not ban abortions,” US Appeals Court Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote in the ruling Friday night.

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