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21 bills are being tracked.

Health insurance; health care plan that includes contraception coverage, etc. (HB18)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. HB18, and its companion bills HB19 and HB20, intend to restrict access to birth control if the Supreme Court overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control at no extra out-of-pocket cost. If the federal rule is overturned by the Supreme Court, and these bills pass, Virginia will be poised to restrict birth control coverage and other reproductive health services. The bills would limit private health insurance companies’ ability to cover birth control, thus allowing employers to decide your health care plan. Birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and women seeking access to basic health services should not face discrimination. Private decision making about birth control should be left to a woman, her doctor, and her faith, not her boss or a politician. Religious liberty means the right to hold and preach your beliefs, but not to impose them on others.

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Health insurance; contraception coverage if subscriber or enrollee requests such coverage. (HB19)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. HB19, and its companion bills HB18 and HB20, intend to restrict access to birth control if the Supreme Court overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control at no extra out-of-pocket cost. If the federal rule is overturned by the Supreme Court, and these bills pass, Virginia will be poised to restrict birth control coverage and other reproductive health services. The bills would limit private health insurance companies’ ability to cover birth control, thus allowing employers to decide your health care plan. Birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and women seeking access to basic health services should not face discrimination. Private decision making about birth control should be left to a woman, her doctor, and her faith, not her boss or a politician. Religious liberty means the right to hold and preach your beliefs, but not to impose them on others.

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Health insurance; no health insurance plan is required to include contraception coverage, etc. (HB20)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. HB20, and its companion bills HB18 and HB19, intend to restrict access to birth control if the Supreme Court overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control at no extra out-of-pocket cost. If the federal rule is overturned by the Supreme Court, and these bills pass, Virginia will be poised to restrict birth control coverage and other reproductive health services. The bills would limit private health insurance companies’ ability to cover birth control, thus allowing employers to decide your health care plan. Birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and women seeking access to basic health services should not face discrimination. Private decision making about birth control should be left to a woman, her doctor, and her faith, not her boss or a politician. Religious liberty means the right to hold and preach your beliefs, but not to impose them on others.

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Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act; established, creates Compensation Fund. (HB74)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it compensates victims of the shameful practice of forced sterilization. Virginia’s legal sterilization program was enacted into law in 1924 – the same year the legislature adopted the Racial Integrity Act that prohibited interracial marriages. It is estimated that between 7,200 and 8,300 people were sterilized in Virginia from 1927-1979 because they were deemed by society at the time to be unworthy or unfit to procreate. In most cases, the individuals were “patients” at state mental institutions who were sent there because of alleged mental illness, physical deformity, “feeble-mindedness,” or simply because they were homeless. Twenty-two percent of the individuals sterilized were African Americans (about equal to the population in the state at the time) and two-thirds were women. Many of those sterilized were not even told they were being sterilized, but instead given some other explanation for their operation. We wholeheartedly support the effort to compensate victims of the state’s forced sterilization law.

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Abortion; sex-selective, penalty. (HB98)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill because it is 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. Rather than passing laws that insert politics into to personal, private medical decisions, the legislature should devote time and resources to passing laws that would improve the lives of women, their families, and their communities. Politics has no place in a woman's most personal, private medical decisions.

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Virginia Human Rights Act; childbirth or related medical conditions. (HB474)

Patron: Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.

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Abortion; optional ultrasound. (HB546)

Patron: Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill, and its companion bill, HB547, because it seeks to repeal the law passed in 2012 requiring that a woman undergo an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion. The mandatory ultrasound law is intended to shame, judge, and make a woman change her mind by requiring doctors to provide the woman with the option to view the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat. 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. Health care decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

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Ultrasound prior to abortion; physician civil penalty. (HB547)

Patron: Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill, and its companion bill, HB546, because it seeks to repeal the law passed in 2012 requiring that a woman undergo an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion. The mandatory ultrasound law is intended to shame, judge, and make a woman change her mind by requiring doctors to provide the woman with the option to view the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat. 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. Health care decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

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Criminal Justice Services, Department of; human trafficking policy. (HB595)

Patron: Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.

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Trafficking in persons; penalties. (HB716)

Patron: Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.

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Crimes; seizure and forfeiture of property. (HB803)

Patron: Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.

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Fornication; repeal. (HB914)

Patron: Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

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Adultery; reduces civil penalty. (HB940)

Patron: Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)
Status: failed committee

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Human trafficking offenses; Va. Code Commission to amend catchline to a code to reflect proper term. (HB994)

Patron: Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean)
Status: in committee

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this bill and will share any concerns.

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Abortion; informed consent. (HB1056)

Patron: Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it seeks to repeal the law passed in 2012 requiring that a woman undergo an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion. The mandatory ultrasound law is intended to shame, judge, and make a woman change her mind by requiring doctors to provide the woman with the option to view the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat. 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. Health care decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

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Health insurance; essential health benefits, abortion coverage. (HB1186)

Patron: Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it repeals a 2013 amendment by Governor McDonnell to HB1900 that prohibits insurance policies offered in the health exchange from covering abortion. It’s wrong for the government to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure. Since insurance companies are willing to provide coverage, politicians shouldn’t interfere. Politicians should not be able to stop private insurance companies that want to cover abortion from doing so. We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we should all agree that a woman who decides she needs an abortion deserves access to safe and legal medical care. A woman and her doctor should decide what care she needs, not politicians.

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Abortion; removes requirement that woman undergo transabdominal ultrasound. (SB617)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it seeks to repeal the law passed in 2012 requiring that a woman undergo an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion. The mandatory ultrasound law is intended to shame, judge, and make a woman change her mind by requiring doctors to provide the woman with the option to view the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat. 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. Health care decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

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Health insurance; essential health benefits, abortion coverage. (SB618)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed senate

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it repeals a 2013 amendment by Governor McDonnell to HB1900 that prohibits insurance policies offered in the health exchange from covering abortion. It’s wrong for the government to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure. Since insurance companies are willing to provide coverage, politicians shouldn’t interfere. Politicians should not be able to stop private insurance companies that want to cover abortion from doing so. We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we should all agree that a woman who decides she needs an abortion deserves access to safe and legal medical care. A woman and her doctor should decide what care she needs, not politicians.

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Health insurance; essential health benefits, abortion coverage. (SB646)

Patron: Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)
Status: incorporated

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it repeals a 2013 amendment by Governor McDonnell to HB1900 that prohibits insurance policies offered in the health exchange from covering abortion. It’s wrong for the government to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure. Since insurance companies are willing to provide coverage, politicians shouldn’t interfere. Politicians should not be able to stop private insurance companies that want to cover abortion from doing so. We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we should all agree that a woman who decides she needs an abortion deserves access to safe and legal medical care. A woman and her doctor should decide what care she needs, not politicians.

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