All people must have access to safe and legal reproductive health care—especially victims of sexual and domestic violence who can and do become pregnant because of the violence they experience. This year, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In doing so, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion. Though abortion access is currently protected in Virginia, this could change with each new General Assembly session. To guard against the danger that this poses to victims of sexual and domestic violence, Virginia can guarantee the ability of every citizen to access necessary healthcare by enshrining the right to abortion in the state constitution and by enacting strong statutory protections.
The Current State of Abortion Law in Virginia Leaves Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Vulnerable to Abuse: Why Virginia Should Codify the Right to Abortion in the State Constitution†,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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