Richmond, Virginia--On Friday afternoon, during the House Court of Justice Committee meeting, advocates will be protesting outside on the sidewalk where they can be heard in the committee room to demand that Chairman Albo do his job and hear and vote on HB 2186, the Whole Woman’s Health Act.
On Wednesday afternoon, Delegate Albo sent a letter saying that he will not hear Delegate Boysko’s bill because it does not “have a realistic chance of becoming law” and he does not want to spend “too much time” on bills he doesn’t believe are important. In the letter, one of the reasons he gave for not hearing the bill was that he needed to have time to rewrite a DUI law because the “US Supreme Court decision that all states DUI laws are partially unconstitutional” while ignoring the fact that the bill he is refusing to hear does the exact same thing.
Legislators get paid per diem for work on the weekend, so they have no excuse to not hear this bill over the weekend besides that they just don’t feel like it. That is not an acceptable excuse, and Virginia women demand that they get to work and hear the bill.
WHO: Advocates from Progress Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and NILRH Virginia Latina Advocacy Network, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, who believe women deserve a voice and bills that affect them should at the very least be heard by legislators
WHAT: A protest to demand that the bill be heard
WHERE: On the sidewalk outside of the General Assembly building where they can be heard from House Room C and inside House Room C.
WHEN: Immediately upon adjournment of the House Floor, approximately 1pm.
WHY: Legislators need to do their job and hear the bills that matter to the people that elected them. Bills that affect half the population and bring Virginia into compliance with the United States Constitution should be a priority and need to be voted on as soon as possible.
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