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Video: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) Says Youngkin Refusing to Sign Bill Protecting Right to Contraception “is just outrageous,” “out of step with what it is that the people of Virginia want”

"This was important legislation that Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Delegate Cia Price wrote thoughtfully and purposefully"

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Good discussion last night (see video, below) between Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) and Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, on how “Democrats in the legislature passed a bill to protect access to contraception,” and “the Republican governor of the state, Glenn Youngkin…rewrote it and sent it back to the legislature as the Virginia Constitution allows – the Democrats in the legislature said Governor Youngkin chose to gut the legislation, deleting protections for people to use IUDs, condoms, birth control pills and emergency contraception, and erasing the mechanism for Virginians to ensure that our rights are enforced.”

According to Rep. Spanberger, who has announced she’ll be a candidate for governor in 2025, what Youngkin’s doing is:

“…out of step with what it is that the people of Virginia want. This was important legislation that Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Delegate Cia Price wrote thoughtfully and purposefully to ensure that in Virginia we would have the right to contraception, which is detailed and outlined and named, the right to IUDs and emergency contraception. And Governor Youngkin said he would not sign this bill because he said it went too far. And the reality is that in the wake of the Dobbs decision, we knew that it was not just about abortion, that the restrictions would go further. And when thoughtful legislators like Senator Hashmi and Delegate Price try to move forward to protect the access to contraception that is our right in Virginia...to have the governor say that it goes too far is just outrageous…and that’s why this is so just unbelievable, because when the Dobbs decision was put forth and we…voted to protect access to contraception, because we knew that these would be the threats that would be coming…and now to have a governor say that it goes too far to codify in law the protection that…anyone who wants to have access to contraception, be it in Virginia or anywhere else in the country, the fact that the governor would say that’s a step too far, it’s…a clear outcome when the Dobbs decision was made, this was foreseeable. And this is why we need legislators committed to protecting our rights and this is why as governor of Virginia, I will absolutely be committed to protecting our reproductive rights to include abortion care and access to birth control.”

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