January 8, 2013 — Despite drawing nationwide backlash over antiabortion measures last year, Virginia legislators have pre-filed bills for the upcoming session that would restrict access to abortion, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, lawmakers had pledged to focus on jobs, transportation and education in 2013.
Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia, said, "We're seeing a repeat this year of the huge gap between their rhetoric and their actions." She added, "Instead of leaving behind their divisive anti-women agenda, conservatives in Richmond are expanding those attacks on women's health" (Haines, Washington Post, 1/4).
State Sen. Thomas Garrett (R) proposed a bill (SB 826) that would bar Medicaid from covering abortions in cases "in which a physician certifies ... that the fetus would be born with a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency."
State Del. Bob Marshall (R) has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to knowingly perform sex-selective abortions (Bassett, Huffington Post, 1/4).
Repro Health Watch — an exciting new edition of the Women’s Health Policy Report — compiles and distributes media coverage of proposed and enacted state laws and ballot initiatives affecting women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, as well as litigation in response to those provisions.