The ACLU of Virginia works to protect every person’s right to make their own decisions free from government interference concerning whether and when to become a parent. The decision to have an abortion is deeply personal, and is best left to the individual, their family, and their doctor, without the undue influence of politicians or special interest groups. We strive to secure and expand meaningful access to abortion services and availability of comprehensive reproductive health care service that help ensure economic freedom, including contraception and prenatal care.
In spite of the constitutional guarantee to safe and legal abortion services established by Roe v. Wade in 1973, there has been a nationwide attack on reproductive freedom. Legislators in Virginia continue to target abortion providers and women’s healthcare facilities in an effort to limit access to abortion. This includes requiring people to navigate through a series of medically unnecessary obstacles, such as waiting periods, ultrasounds, restricted insurance coverage, building requirements, and more.