Virginia Chapter
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The General Assembly passed the Contraception Equity Act and sent it to Governor Youngkin. He added an amendment undermining much of the intent of the law. Even though the General Assembly has rejected his proposed amendment, the governor is still trying to find a way to enact it.

Gov. Youngkin has proclaimed he believes Virginians have a "right to contraception," yet his amendment will undermine that right. Let's be sure Gov. Youngkin listens to Virginians. Contraception is basic health care and should be ensured under the law.

Call Gov. Youngkin on his office line or send him an email.

Phone : 804-786-2211

Our message:

We want the right to contraception to be protected and are 100% behind The Contraceptive Equity Act (SB 238/ HB 819) and the enforcement bill (SB 237/HB 609). No amendments are needed!

Thank you for taking action today.
Marj Signer, Advocacy Coordinator

Key Points

The Contraceptive Equity Act (SB 238/HB 819) was passed by the state Senate and House of Delegates with bipartisan support. It says that the state and localities are not allowed to enact any law or put in place any regulation that prohibits or restricts the sale or use of contraceptives.

The legislation would require health plans to cover contraception without cost-sharing so that people have access to the forms of contraception they need in reality rather than in name only.

Instead of signing the Act, the governor proposed an amendment that would add a vague, broad exception to the bill. If it had been accepted, this amendment would have essentially allowed any employer to claim a religious or ethical exemption and deny their employees the coverage required by the bill. Employers would not be required to notify their employees of their decision to deny contraception coverage, nor would there be a pathway for employees who receive health insurance through their employer to receive coverage in some other way if their employer claimed a religious or moral exemption.

Despite overwhelming public support, the constitutional right to contraception is being targeted by a range of nationwide candidates and policymakers who oppose reproductive health care, and indeed by the Supreme Court itself. In his concurring opinion of Dobbs, Justice Clarence Thomas voiced support for overturning the constitutional right to contraception – a right established in Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965.