Virginia's 39th House District
Even after it was made clear that FDA-approved birth control was just “regular” birth control (pill, IUD, spermicides, barrier, sterilization, LARCs) and did NOT include emergency contraceptives (morning after pills), in 2020, all Republicans in Virginia's General Assembly (with just two abstaining) voted against ensuring birth control couldn’t be considered abortion (HB552 Watts). Women had introduced this bill every year since 2003. It was always killed in a small, special subcommittee controlled by the Republican majority. I'd thought that was to protect their members who didn’t want to vote against birth control and, yet, in 2020 they all did! They believe – or are afraid to vote against those in their base who believe – that life begins at conception defined as the moment egg and sperm meet – not “the implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb” which happens days later.
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