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Virginia | In the News

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Activists Celebrate Victories in Clinic Access and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 12/5); "The Newest Crisis Pregnancy Center Offer: 'Abortion Reversals'" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 12/8).

Va. State Board Votes To Begin Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday voted 13-2 to begin a process to revise several onerous abortion clinic regulations, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Featured Blogs
"Women Protest Ohio's Proposed Six Week Abortion Ban: 'Our Bodies, Our Decisions,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 12/4); "Virginia Board of Health Votes To Amend Anti-Abortion Law," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 12/4).

Va. Health Commissioner Recommends Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine on Wednesday suggested that the state overhaul the abortion clinic regulations passed under former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Many State Abortion Restrictions Now Before Federal Courts
Federal courts are weighing a number of state laws, crafted by Republican-led legislatures, that create new requirements for abortion clinics or restrict when and how abortions are provided, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Review of Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Prompts Thousands of Public Comments
The Virginia Department of Health at midnight Thursday will close the public comment phase of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) order to review strict abortion clinic regulations passed under his predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post reports.

Va. Begins Review Process for Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia's Board of Health on Thursday issued a public update on its review of new abortion clinic regulations scheduled to take effect this month, noting that it could take years to complete the process, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Abortion Clinic Rules; Editorial Backs Changes
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"This Law Allows Genetic Counselors To Turn Away Gays and Unwed Parents" (Redden, Mother Jones, 3/25) and "Repro Wrap: If There's a Uterus in the House the GOP Wants To Legislate It and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/21).

Effort To Repeal Va. Ultrasound Law Dies in House
A Virginia House subcommittee on Friday rejected a bill (SB 617) that would have repealed a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Senate Attempts Repeal of Antiabortion-Rights Laws
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill (SB 617) that would repeal a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions but defeated a measure (SB 618) that would have allowed private health plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange to offer abortion coverage, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Dems Push To Repeal Ultrasound Law, Expand Abortion Coverage
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday approved two bills (SB 617, SB 618) that would repeal some of the state's abortion restrictions, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Succeeding With State-Level Bans on Abortion Coverage
Although a federal bill restricting abortion coverage is not expected to advance beyond the House, abortion-rights opponents have prohibited most health plans from offering such coverage in many states, Mother Jones reports.

On Roe Anniversary, Both Sides Grapple With Legislative, Judicial Realities
On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion-rights supporters and opponents are assessing their strategies in light of this year's midterm election and judicial responses to recent abortion restrictions.

GOP Resolution Urges Candidates To Tout Opposition to Abortion Rights
A new Republican National Committee resolution will urge GOP candidates to voice their opposition to abortion rights and challenge Democratic rhetoric portraying them as anti-women, CNN's "Political Ticker" reports.

New Va. Gov. Lacks Authority To Change Abortion Rules, Argues Outgoing AG Cuccinelli
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Friday issued an advisory opinion stating that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) has no legal authority to implement a campaign promise to ease regulations for existing abortion clinics, the Washington Times reports.

Va. Abortion-Rights Coalition Hopes To Ease Restrictions Under New Governor
Following the November election of Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D), abortion-rights supporters are hoping to roll back abortion restrictions enacted under outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Virginian-Pilot's "Pilot on Politics" reports.

Va. Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Criticized for Retaining McDonnell's Health Secretary
In a move that has drawn criticism from some abortion-rights supporters, Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday said he would retain William Hazel as state secretary of health and human services, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) were elected governor, "most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The gubernatorial race in Virginia heavily hinged on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Va. AG Cuccinelli's 'Moderate' Stance in Governor's Race Belies Past Actions, Editorial States
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) recent efforts to cast himself as a moderate in the state's gubernatorial election run counter to "his past positions on abortion and birth control," which include supporting a "personhood" measure when he was a state senator, a Washington Post editorial states.

Lawsuit Against Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Allowed To Continue, Judge Rules
An Arlington County, Va., judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Falls Church Medical Center against new state abortion clinic regulations can proceed, the Washington Post reports.

Virginia's Largest Abortion Provider Closes Under City Ordinance
Virginia's highest-volume abortion clinic, NOVA Women's Healthcare, has closed because of a new city ordinance changing its zoning and approval requirements, the Washington Post reports.

Undercover Footage Reveals Va. CPC Staff Providing False Information About Abortion, Contraception
An advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has secretly recorded a counseling session at a Virginia crisis pregnancy center, capturing staff members presenting false information about contraception and abortion, Salon reports.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The outcome of Tuesday's gubernatorial race in Virginia could hinge on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Va. Gov. Candidates Spar Over Abortion-Rights Issues
In the Virginia governor's race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe both are attempting to portray the other as an extremist on abortion-related issues, the AP/NBC4 Washington reports.

Lawsuit Against Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Allowed To Continue, Judge Rules
An Arlington County, Va., judge on Wednesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Falls Church Medical Center against new state abortion clinic regulations can proceed, the Washington Post reports.

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) "is elected governor in November, most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Abortion Clinics Face Local Battles as Cities Push Restrictions
Abortion clinics -- already besieged by state regulations -- must increasingly grapple with city-level ordinances that add burdensome requirements, Bloomberg/West Lebanon Valley News reports.

Va. AG Cuccinelli's 'Moderate' Stance in Governor's Race Belies Past Actions, Editorial States
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) recent efforts to cast himself as a moderate in the state's gubernatorial election run counter to "his past positions on abortion and birth control," which include supporting a "personhood" measure when he was a state senator, a Washington Post editorial states.

Undercover Footage Reveals Va. CPC Staff Providing False Information About Abortion, Contraception
An advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has secretly recorded a counseling session at a Virginia crisis pregnancy center, capturing staff members presenting false information about contraception and abortion, Salon reports.

Fearing Political Fallout, Some State Conservatives Ease Push for Antiabortion Bills
Concerned about alienating moderate voters in the 2014 elections, some Republican state lawmakers are stemming their party's widespread push for antiabortion-rights legislation in conservative-led states, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Virginia's Largest Abortion Provider Closes Under City Ordinance
Virginia's highest-volume abortion clinic, NOVA Women's Healthcare, has closed because of a new city ordinance changing its zoning and approval requirements, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lone Star State Not Alone" (Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 7/2) and "After One Year of Forced Ultrasounds in Virginia, Report Examines Role of CPCs" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 7/8).

Va. Crisis Pregnancy Centers Using Ultrasound Law To Promote Antiabortion Agenda, NARAL Report Finds
Virginia crisis pregnancy centers are promoting their opposition to abortion rights by exploiting a provision in a state law (HB 462) aimed at ensuring low-income women can access no-cost ultrasounds, according to a NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia report, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Va. Abortion Clinic Regulations
A Virginia abortion clinic this week filed the first legal challenge to new state regulations that require abortion facilities to meet the same building standards as hospitals, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Va. Clinic Regulations Have 'Claimed Their First Victim' by Forcing Facility's Closure, Washington Post Editorial States
"[T]he presence of awnings, the width of doorways and the dimensions of janitorial closets have little to do with the health of patients, ... [b]ut by requiring that Virginia's 20 abortion clinics conform to strict licensing standards designed for new hospitals, the state has ensured that many or most of them will be driven out of business in the coming months," a Washington Post editorial states.

In Planned Parenthood Speech, President Obama Criticizes 'Absurd' Antiabortion Laws
In a speech to Planned Parenthood on Friday, President Obama condemned lawmakers who are restricting access to abortion and contraception and pledged to fight with women's health advocates "every step of the way," the New York Times' "The Caucus" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion's Foes Twist Logic in Gosnell Case" (Michelle Goldberg, Daily Beast 's "Women in the World," 4/25).

Featured Blogs
"New TRAP Laws Force Virginia Abortion Clinic To Close After 40 Years of Service" (Lori Adelman, Feministing, 4/22) and "Another Fight Looms on a 20-Week Abortion Ban for D.C." (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 4/22).

Featured Blogs
"State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront" (Elizabeth Nash/Rachel Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 4/12) and "Federal Court Blocks Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/15).

Va. Board of Health Approves Stricter Abortion Clinic Regulations
The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted 11-2 to approve regulations that would require the state's abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as hospitals, the Washington Post reports.

States Embracing More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Restrictions
Although states enacted a record number of abortion restrictions in both 2011 and 2012, abortion-rights opponents this year are employing more aggressive tactics in conservative states where lawmakers are receptive to their ideas, according to abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Outlawing Abortion Won't Help Children with Down Syndrome" (Alison Piepmeier, New York Times' "Motherlode," 4/1); "Seven States Working Hard To Shut Down Abortion Clinics" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 4/3); "Nevada Lawmaker Receives Death Threats After Talking About Her Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 4/4).

Va. Legislature Approves Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Health Insurance Marketplace
The Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday voted to approve Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) amendment that would ban most abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the state's federally run health insurance marketplace, NBC Washington's "First Read - DMV" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Why the Response to a Philadelphia Abortion Doctor's Ongoing Murder Trial Gets It All Wrong" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 3/29).

Va. Gov. Proposes Ban on Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Exchange
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has introduced an amendment that would prohibit abortion coverage in health plans sold through the state's federally run health insurance exchange, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Va. House Opts Not To Vote on Legislation Restricting Contraceptive Coverage
The Virginia House Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday declined to vote on a trio of bills (HB 1314, HB 1315, HB 1417) that would have allowed state health insurers to deny contraceptive coverage to women, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Va. Senate Panel Kills Last Attempt To Reverse Ultrasound Law; AG Cuccinelli Backed Measure
The Virginia Senate Committee on Education and Health on Monday rejected the last remaining bill (SB 1332) that would have reversed a state law (HB 462) requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abortion Clinics Struggle To Adapt Under Wave of State Regulations
Abortion clinics are struggling to adapt to an onslaught of new state regulations aiming to reduce access to the procedure, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Va. Republicans Block Effort To Repeal Ultrasound Law
The Virginia Senate Committee on Education and Health on Thursday rejected two measures that would have repealed a state law (HB 462) requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Senators Reject Abortion-Related Legislation
The Virginia Senate Committee on Education and Health on Thursday rejected two bills, proposed by state Sen. Mark Herring (D), that would have reinstated exemptions from a state requirement for abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as new hospitals, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Bill Would End Abortion Coverage for Low-Income Women When Fetus is Unlikely To Survive
A Virginia senator has proposed a bill (SB 826) that would end state funding for abortions for low-income women when the fetus has severe anomalies, the American Independent reports.

Va. Lawmakers Reportedly Consider 'Grand Bargain' on Abortion Legislation
Virginia legislative leaders have met behind closed doors to discuss a "grand bargain" on abortion-related legislation, an anonymous Democratic aide told the Huffington Post.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Legislators Move to Offense To Win Back Reproductive Rights" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 1/13)

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Still Caught in 'Political Fight,' New York Times Columnist Writes
In the 40 years since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, "women seeking abortions have been put through a lot of unnecessary trauma" by laws that force them to travel far distances to obtain the procedure and comply with requirements like mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods, New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

Va. Lawmakers Plan Bills To Restrict Abortion
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.

Featured Blogs
"Republican Lawmakers To Kick Off New Year by Limiting Women's Reproductive Health" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 1/7).

States in 2012 Passed Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever, Guttmacher Finds
States passed 43 abortion restrictions in 2012, a "sharp decrease" from 2011 but nonetheless the "second-highest number" enacted in a single year, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Va. Gov. McDonnell Certifies Revised Abortion Clinic Rules Over Holiday Break
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Dec. 28 certified health regulations that require abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as new hospitals and posted them to the state Town Hall website for a 60-day public comment period, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Future of Va. 'Personhood' Bill in Doubt
Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee Chair Sen. Steve Martin (R) this week is not expected to schedule a vote on a "personhood" bill (HB 1) that would grant rights to embryos, the Washington Examiner reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Fight for Women's Rights in America's South," (Nick Purves, Huffington Post blogs, 11/26).

Va. Health Commissioner Resigns Over Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley on Thursday resigned because of her opposition to new state regulations for abortion clinics, the Washington Post reports.

Va. AG Cuccinelli Certifies Stricter Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Wednesday certified abortion clinic regulations that the state Board of Health approved earlier this month at his urging, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Va. AG Cuccinelli Improperly Pressured Board of Health Over Abortion Clinic Rules, Washington Post Editorial States
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has "demeaned his office by using it as a blatantly partisan bully pulpit" many times, most recently by pressuring "Virginia's Board of Health into a stance -- unprecedented in state history -- that could force most of the commonwealth's 20 or so abortion clinics to close," a Washington Post editorial states.

Va. Decision on Clinic Rules Underscores 'Political Meddling' in Abortion Issues, Editorial States
"Virginia's Board of Health knuckled under to political pressure last week when it reversed a decision that would have exempted existing abortion clinics from onerous design and construction codes for new hospitals," a Virginian-Pilot editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Sad Day For Science and Women's Health," (Talcott Camp, American Civil Liberty Union's "Blog of Rights," 9/14) and "Where do Women Turn When Planned Parenthood is Gone?" (Jessica Pieklo, Care2, 9/15).

Va. Board of Health Ends Existing Clinics' Exemption From Abortion Regulations
The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted 13-2 to reverse a previous decision that exempted existing facilities from a state requirement that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as new hospitals, Reuters reports.

Va. AG Cuccinelli Threatens Health Board Over Vote on Abortion Clinic Regulations
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Wednesday sent members of the state Board of Health a memo threatening legal action if they ignore his advice about new abortion clinic regulations, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

The Economist Examines Effects of State TRAP Laws
Although Roe v. Wade prevents states from banning abortion outright, antiabortion lawmakers have cut access to the procedure by working "to shut down abortion clinics by piling on regulations," The Economist reports.

Va. Advocates Mobilize for Hearing on Abortion Clinic Regulations
Abortion-rights supporters and opponents are urging their respective allies to attend a Virginia Board of Health meeting on Friday that will determine the fate of proposed regulations for the state's abortion clinics, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Mother Jones Examines Americans United for Life's Role in State Antiabortion Legislation
The antiabortion-rights group Americans United for Life is "chipping away at abortion access at an ever-faster pace," claiming credit for 24 abortion restrictions passed nationwide last year, Kate Sheppard writes in Mother Jones.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Forced Ultrasound Law Interferes With Health Services, Clinic Director Says" (Reilly Moore, RH Reality Check, 8/16) and "Attacks on Planned Parenthood in Texas Forced at Least 50 Unaffiliated Health Clinics To Close" (Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress, 8/16).

Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Service
U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

Va. Abortion-Rights Advocates Criticize Attorney General's Actions on Abortion Clinic Rules
Abortion-rights advocates this week fired back against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) refusal to certify new regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as new hospitals, AP/NBC Washington reports.

Va. Attorney General Refuses To Certify Clinic Rules That Exempt Existing Facilities
The office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Monday refused to certify new rules requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as new hospitals, saying that the state Department of Health unlawfully exempted existing clinics from the regulations, the Washington Examiner reports.

High Number of State Abortion Restrictions Marked by Increased Focus on 'Fetal Pain' Bills
The number of state-level abortion restrictions is approaching record-setting levels again this year, a fact that some abortion-rights opponents attribute to their increased focus on so-called "fetal pain" legislation, Stateline/Kaiser Health News reports.

Va. Ultrasound Law Takes Effect
A controversial Virginia law requiring women to receive an ultrasound before an abortion went into effect on Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Protesters Arrested at Va. Rally Accept Deal With State Prosecutor
Thirty protesters who were arrested during a March demonstration at the Virginia Capitol have accepted deals that will remove the charges from their records if they meet certain conditions, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. State Board Approves Stricter Regulations for New Abortion Clinics, Grandfathers In Existing Facilities
The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted 7-4 to exempt existing facilities from regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as newly constructed hospitals, the AP/WSLS reports.

Va. Health Department Releases Proposed Final Rules for Abortion Clinics
The Virginia Health Department last week released proposed permanent regulations for abortion clinics, which opponents said could force some facilities to close, the AP/WJLA reports.

Va. Abortion-Rights Advocates Lobby Against Clinic Regulations
Abortion-rights supporters on Thursday lobbied members of the Virginia Board of Health, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the state's attorney general and top lawmakers to repeal new regulations for abortion clinics, the Washington Times reports.

Advocates Rally in Cities Nationwide To Support Women's Rights
The advocacy group UniteWomen.org held "United Against the War on Women" marches and rallies nationwide on Saturday to protest legislation aimed at restricting women's rights, The Oklahoman reports.

Many Va. Abortion Clinics Finding Ways To Cope With New Regulations
Twenty of the 23 abortion clinics affected by new state regulations in Virginia have informed the state that they will be able to comply with the requirements, the Washington Examiner reports.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Stance on Abortion Rights Draws Scrutiny
Throughout his political career, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has stated that he opposes abortion in all circumstances except to save a woman's life, but the governor recently issued a statement saying he also would permit abortion in cases of rape or incest, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Senate Approves Budget Without Plan To Pay for Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds
The Virginia Senate on Monday rejected a budget amendment that would have required the state or private insurers to pay for ultrasounds that a new state law will mandate before abortion care, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Democrats Offer Proposal To Cover Cost of State-Mandated Ultrasound Before Abortion Care
Virginia Senate Democratic leaders are pushing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to support a budget change so that women seeking abortion care do not have to pay out-of-pocket for a mandatory ultrasound under a new state law (HB 462), the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Miss. House Approves New Restrictions on Abortion Providers
The Mississippi House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1390) that would require physicians who provide abortion care to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, as well as a board certification in obstetrics and gynecology, the AP/NECN reports.

Va. Gov. McDonnell Signs Controversial Ultrasound Bill
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 462) that will require women seeking abortion to first receive an external ultrasound, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Va. Democrats Criticize Police Action Against Protesters; Senate Approves 'Wrongful Death' Bill
Several Virginia Senate Democrats in floor speeches on Monday denounced the treatment and arrest of reproductive rights supporters outside the Capitol on Saturday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

State Abortion Restrictions Have Little Impact on Demand for Procedure
While state restrictions on access to abortion care, such as requiring an ultrasound or a waiting period, are "burdensome and demeaning," abortion-rights supporters say the obstacles "rarely dissuade women who want the procedure," the AP/Longview News-Journal reports.

Va. Debate Reflects Larger Fight Over Ultrasound Laws
Virginia's controversial bill (HB 462) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound is part of a larger push by abortion-rights opponents, who have pushed for similar legislation in other states since 2005, the New York Times reports.

Va. Senate Defeats 'Personhood' Bill; Senate Comm. Approves Modified Ultrasound Bill
e Virginia Senate on Thursday sent a bill (HB 1) that would define fertilized eggs as people back to committee, ending the measure's chances for this session, Politico reports.

Va. House Approves Amended Version of Ultrasound Bill After Gov. Endorses Compromise
After Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) withdrew support for a bill (HB 462) that would require women seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound, members of the House of Delegates on Wednesday voted to approve an amended version, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Va. Lawmakers Could Approve Ultrasound Bill This Week; Measure Sparks Protests at Capitol
he Virginia House of Delegates as early as Tuesday could give final approval to a measure (HB 462) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound and have the opportunity to view the image, the New York Times reports.

Va. House Approves Ultrasound Bill, Gives Final Approval to 'Personhood' Bill
The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 63-36 to approve a bill (HB 462) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound and have the opportunity to view and receive a copy of the image, AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Va. House Advances 'Personhood' Bill, Rejects Amendment to Ultrasound Measure
The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill (HB 1) that would define fertilized eggs as people, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Va. Senate Approves Bill Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortion Care
The Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 21-18 to approve a bill (SB 484) that would require women to obtain ultrasounds before they can receive abortion care.

Va. Senate Postpones Vote on Ultrasound Bill To Consider Amendments
On Tuesday, the Republican sponsor of a Virginia bill (SB 484) requiring ultrasounds before abortion care agreed to postpone a vote while a Democratic senator prepares an amendment that would make the ultrasound optional, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Va. Amendment to Antiabortion Bill Would Have Required Extra Medical Procedures for Men
During a hearing Monday on a bill (SB 484) that would mandate ultrasounds before abortion care, Virginia Sen. Janet Howell (D) offered an amendment that would require men to undergo digital rectal examinations and cardiac stress tests before obtaining medications for erectile dysfunction, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Va. House Committee Approves Repeal of HPV Vaccine Mandate
A Virginia House committee on Tuesday passed a bill (HR 1112) that would eliminate a state mandate that girls receive vaccinations against the human papillomavirus before entering sixth grade, the Washington Times reports.

Multiple Ultrasound Bills Offered in Va. General Assembly
Four bills that would require ultrasounds before a woman can obtain an abortion have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly, Capital News Service/Suffolk News Herald reports.

Va. Democrats Criticize 'Personhood' Bill
Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly are speaking out against a new bill (HB 1) that would define "personhood" as starting at the moment of conception, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Gov. McDonnell Signs New Abortion Clinic Regulations
Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) on Thursday signed into law new state rules that require abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Some Experts Who Advised Va. on Abortion Clinic Rules Object To Results
ome medical experts who advised Virginia health officials on new requirements for abortion clinics said some of their key recommendations were discarded and that drafters of the regulations considered politics rather than safety, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Va. Regulations for Abortion Clinics Put Strain on Providers
New regulations that require Virginia abortion clinics to comply with strict building regulations might force several facilities to close as soon as next year, threatening not only women's access to abortion services but also routine screenings, exams and family planning services that many clinics provide, Kate Sheppard writes in Mother Jones.

Va. Board of Health Approves Abortion Clinic Regulations
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday approved regulations for abortion clinics that some abortion-rights advocates said could force many facilities to close, the New York Times reports.

Va. Releases Regulations for Abortion Clinics
The Virginia Board of Health on Aug. 26 released draft regulations for abortion clinics that some abortion-rights advocates said would be the most stringent requirements in the country and could force many facilities to close, the Washington Times reports.

Va. Health Board Set To Release Draft Abortion Clinic Regulations
As early as Friday, the Virginia Board of Health is expected to release draft emergency regulations for abortion clinics that abortion-rights advocates say could force many clinics to close, the Washington Post reports.

Virginia | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Virginia.

Falls Church Medical Center v. Virginia Board of Health
Challenge to a Virginia Regulation that places stringent standards on the licensing and regulation of abortion facilities.