Richmond, VA – This morning, the Senate Education & Health committee voted to defeat S.B. 53, legislation to repeal Virginia’s medically-unnecessary and invasive mandatory ultrasound law.

Women, medical professionals and reproductive health care providers gathered to speak in support of the legislation, all urging lawmakers to repeal the current law and eliminate government intrusion into Virginians’ private, personal medical decisions.

“We are very disappointed in today’s vote,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Virginia women who make the decision to access abortion deserve support, unbiased information and access to safe, affordable care — not government-mandated barriers. The only purpose of Virginia’s current mandatory ultrasound law is to shame women, question their deeply personal decisions, and make it as difficult as possible for women to access the critical health care they need. I can assure you that NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will continue fighting every single day to repeal this law and all other anti-women attacks…we will not stop until this unnecessary and callous law is overturned.”

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Contact: Alena Yarmosky, alena@naralva.org, (240-595-2972)

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