Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate Became Law
01/07/2020        

Right to reproductive choice; right to refuse contraception.

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.

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01/07/2020 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104139D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20104139D
    SENATE BILL NO. 635
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Chapter 39 of Title 2.2 a section numbered 2.2-3904, relating to right to reproductive choice.
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    Patrons-- Surovell, Boysko, Barker, Bell, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Hashmi, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Mason, McClellan, McPike, Saslaw and Spruill; Delegates: Aird, Askew, Ayala, Bagby, Bourne, Carr, Carroll Foy, Carter, Cole, J.G., Convirs-Fowler, Guy, Heretick, Hope, Jenkins, Jones, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, Murphy, Plum, Rasoul, Samirah, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Simonds, Torian, Ward, Watts and Willett
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    Referred to Committee on Education and Health
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 39 of Title 2.2 a section numbered 2.2-3904 as follows:

    2.2-3904. Right to reproductive choice.

    A. Every individual has a fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization.

    B. A pregnant person has a fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate a pregnancy.

    C. The Commonwealth shall not, in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information, deny or interfere with an individuals fundamental rights, including individuals under state control or supervision, to:

    1. Choose or refuse contraception or sterilization; or

    2. Choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate a pregnancy.

    D. The Commonwealth shall not discriminate in the protection or enforcement of these fundamental rights on the basis of sex, disability, race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, immigration status, religion, or sexual orientation.

    E. 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 officials actions.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Scott A. Surovell D-Richmond Sponsor
    Lionell Spruill D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Richard L. Saslaw D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Jeremy S. McPike D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Jennifer L. McClellan D-Richmond Cosponsor
    T. Montgomery "Monty" Mason D-Richmond Cosponsor
    David W. Marsden D-Richmond Cosponsor
    L. Louise Lucas D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mamie E. Locke D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Lynwood W. Lewis D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Janet D. Howell D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Janet D. Howell R-Richmond Cosponsor
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    Date Branch Action
    01/30/2020 Senate Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104139D
    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
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