Virginia has taken positive forward steps to liberalize its abortion legislation,

bringing it closer in line with medical science and common sense. However,

accessing abortion care remains difficult for many, and additional legislative

measures are necessary to make the full range of reproductive

healthcare accessible for all, regardless of immigration status, race, gender,

income, or geography. The Reproductive Equity Healthcare Act, a bill modeled

in part on its Oregon namesake, is the next logical step forward towards

making reproductive justice a reality for all Virginians. While the details of

the final bill may vary, there are fundamental pillars that reproductive rights,

health and justice advocates agree are essential and fundamental to the goals

of the Bill. This paper lays out the pragmatic case for adopting the Reproductive

Health Equity Act.