Virginia Dems Seek to Establish Abortion as Right

Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly are looking to create a right to an abortion in the state constitution – a top priority for the party’s new legislative majority.

The proposal, prefiled on Monday as House Joint Resolution No. 1, will establish that “every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom” if it passes in January 2024.

“This right to make and effectuate one’s own decisions about all matters related to one’s pregnancy shall not be denied, burdened, or infringed upon, unless justified by a compelling state interest and achieved by the least restrictive means that do not infringe an individual’s autonomous decision-making,” the proposal reads.

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