This bill, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan (D – Richmond) and Delegate Jennifer Boysko (D – Herndon), would codify the robust standard inspired by the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court ruled that laws that present an undue burden for women seeking abortion without a medical benefit are unconstitutional. Therefore, Virginia’s abortion statutes are unenforceable. The Whole Woman’s Health Act advances the overall vision of a nation where a woman’s access to safe, legal reproductive health care does not depend on her zip code.
This bill was passed by indefinitely in both the House and Senate during the 2018 General Assembly session.