Right to reproductive choice; right to refuse contraception. (SB635)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from 29 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Right to reproductive choice. Provides that every individual has a fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception and that a pregnant person has a fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate a pregnancy. The bill states that the Commonwealth shall not, in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information, deny or interfere with an individual's fundamental rights, including individuals under state control or supervision. The bill states that any state or local official who is charged with violating provisions of this section shall be subject to an action in federal or state court for injunctive relief and damages. Such action may be brought by any person or entity that may be aggrieved by such official's actions. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104139D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/30/2020Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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