Virginia Senators and Abortion

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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