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While COVID-19 continues to shift the way our Virginia General Assembly operates, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is staying by your side, rolling out new advocacy tools to make sure your voice is still heard in this fast-paced, virtual legislative session!

Get Involved:

Just because the General Assembly Session is all virtual this year doesn’t mean we’re shying away from taking action.

Unlike in past years, we have a new, unique opportunity to submit written testimony into the official Virginia General Assembly record.  In the past, we may have only had two or five minutes for our entire line of support — doctors, nurses, patients, legal experts, advocates, and activists– to testify, now we have unlimited opportunities to highlight as much of Virginia’s pro-choice majority as we can. Submit your written testimony in support of reproductive freedom legislation today!

Want to stay in the know and receive easy ways to take action straight to your inbox? Sign up for our Legislative Rapid Response Team, a group of elite activists who are the first to hear when bills we support move through this chaotic, fast-paced session!

Want to lobby digitally? Check out our listing of our state representative’s Twitter handles, so you can tag, tweet, and hashtag your heart out for reproductive freedom!

Legislation NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Supports:

Our partners on these legislative priorities include Birth in Color RVA, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and the ACLU – Virginia.

Repeal Ban on Abortion Coverage on the State Insurance Exchange
  • Increases access to abortion care by repealing the current ban on insurance plans that offer abortion coverage from participating on the Virginia state health exchange.
  • View our factsheet on this legislation.
  • Official Bill Text: Senate Bill 1276 and House Bill 1896
  • Chief Patrons: Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Sally Hudson
  • Read our Press Statement on the passage of SB1276

Updates on SB1276:

  • 01/12/21: Referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/14/21: Referred to the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee by a 14-0 vote by the Senate Committee on Education & Health
  • 01/18/21: Reported from the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee by a 12-2 vote
  • 01/22/21: PASSED SENATE (20-Y 17-N)
  • 02/02/21: CROSSOVER – Referred to House Committee on Labor and Commerce
  • 02/11/21: Reported from the House Committee on Labor and Commerce by a 13-9 vote
  • 02/16/21: PASSED HOUSE OF DELEGATES (54-Y 45-N)

Updates on HB1896:

  • 01/08/21: Referred to the Committee on Labor and Commerce
  • 01/21/21: Reported from the Labor and Commerce Committee by a 13-9 vote
  • 01/26/21: PASSED HOUSE (55-Y 45-N)
  • 01/27/21: CROSSOVER – Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • 02/15/21: Reported from Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor by a 12-2 vote
12-Months of Hormonal Birth Control for Medicaid Insurees
  • Creates more equitable access to birth control by extending the current requirement that private insurance plans provide a yearlong supply of hormonal contraceptives to it’s insurees to insurees covered by Medicaid.
  • View our factsheet on this legislation.
  • Official Bill Text: Senate Bill 1227
  • Chief Patron: Senator Jennifer Boysko

Updates on SB1227:

  • 01/11/21: Referred to the Senate Committee on Education & Health
  • 01/19/21: Reported from the Senate Education & Health, Health Subcommittee by a 5-0 vote
  • 01/21/21: Reported from the full Senate Education & Health Committee with amendment by a 14-0 vote, referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations
  • 01/26/21: Reported from the Committee on Finance and Appropriations by a 14-0 vote
  • 1/29/21: PASSED SENATE (38-Y 0-N)
  • 02/02/21: CROSSOVER – Referred to House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
  • 02/16/21: Reported from House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, Health Subcommittee by a 6-2 vote; reported from full committee by a 18-3 vote with substitute
Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Workgroup
  • Requires the Virginia Department of Health and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to establish a Fetal and Infant Mortality Workgroup by December 2021, which will be responsible for studying and devising a plan to improve fetal and infant outcomes. This bill accompanies a $300K budget amendment to support their initial work.
  • View our factsheet on this legislation.
  • Official Bill Text: House Bill 1950
  • Chief Patron: Delegate Hala Ayala

Updates on HB1950:

  • 01/11/21: Referred to the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions
  • 01/21/21: Reported from the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions by a 21-0 vote, referred to the Committee on Appropriations, Health & Human Resources Subcommittee
  • 01/21/21: Reported from Subcommittee by a 7-o vote with amendments
  • 01/25/21: Reported from the Committee on Appropriations by a 22-0 vote
  • 01/28/21: PASSED HOUSE (100-Y 0-N)
  • 01/29/21: CROSSOVER – Referred to Senate Committee on Education & Health
Workgroup on Reproductive Healthcare for Pregnant Incarcerated Persons
  • Requires the Board of Local and Regional Jails to study the full range of reproductive healthcare provided by correctional facilities and create recommendations based on medical best-practices from respected organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
  • View our factsheet on this legislation.
  • Official Bill Text: Senate Bill 1300
  • Chief Patron: Senator Barbara Favola

Updates on SB1300:

  • 01/11/21: Referred to Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • 01/22/21: Reported from the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services by a 14-0-1 vote, referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations
  • 02/01/21: PASSED SENATE (21-Y 18-N)
  • 02/05/21: CROSSOVER – Referred to the House Committee on Public Safety
  • 02/11/21: Reported from House Committee on Public Safety, Public Safety Subcommittee by a 6-2 vote
  • 02/21/21: Reported from House Committee on Public Safety by a 15-7 vote

Additional Allied and Partner Bills We Support:

Reproductive Health Equity Act

(Championed by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice – Virginia)

  • Establishes comprehensive insurance coverage for the full spectrum of reproductive health services, including family planning, abortion care, prenatal and postpartum care, and routine cancer screenings for all Virginians, regardless of income, im/migration status, gender identity, or type of insurance
  • View the factsheet on this legislation.
  • Official Bill Text: House Bill 1922
  • Chief Patron: Delegate Cia Price

Updates on HB1922:

  • 01/10/21: Referred to House Committee on Labor and Commerce; left in committee
  • 02/05/21: FAILED, left in House Committee on Labor and Commerce
Religious Refusal Repeal

Updates on SB1178

  • 01/13/21: Referred to Senate Committee on Education & Health, Health Professions Subcommittee
  • 01/28/21: Reported from Senate Committee on Education & Health by a 11-4 vote
  • 02/02/21: PASSED SENATE (24-Y 14-N)
  • 02/05/21: Referred to House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions
  • 02/11/21: Reported from House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, Health Professions Subcommittee by a 6-0 vote
  • 02/16/21: Reported from House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions by a 14-7 vote

Legislation NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Opposes:

“Constitutional Amendment; Right of Parents”

(Also opposed by the ACLU of Virginia)

Updates on HJ515:

  • 01/19/21: Referred to House Privileges and Elections Committee, Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
  • 02/05/21: FAILED, left in House Privileges and Elections Committee
Gag Order on the Virginia Department of Health, Local Health Departments and Contractors

(Also opposed by the Virginia Domestic Violence Alliance)

Updates on SB1235:

  • 01/11/21: Referred to Senate Committee on Education & Health
  • 01/21/21: Reported from Senate Committee on Education & Health with amendments by an 8-6 vote
  • 02/03/21: PASSED SENATE (20-Y 19-N)
  • 02/05/21: Referred to the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions
  • 02/11/21: FAILED, tabled in committee by a 13-9 vote
Abortion Procedure Ban

Updates on HB2241:

  • 01/13/21: Referred to House Courts of Justice Committee
  • 02/05/21: FAILED, left in committee

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