Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoes a bill that would protect access to contraception

Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed a series of bills passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly Friday, including one that was aimed at protecting contraception access.

“While I look forward to working with the General Assembly to see if we can reach agreement on language in the future, today I must act on the language before me, and there are several bills which are not ready to become law,” Youngkin said in a statement.

“This includes legislation related to contraception. Let me be crystal clear: I support access to contraception. However, we cannot trample on the religious freedoms of Virginians. And that is the issue the recommendations I sent back to the General Assembly addressed,” he added.

Since the Supreme overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022 ending the federal right to abortion, dozens of states have also passed restrictions on access to contraceptives.

The bill that Youngkin vetoed stated that a person “shall have the right to obtain contraceptives and to engage in contraception” and that no commonwealth or locality should implement any rule that “prohibits or restricts the sale, provision, or use of any contraceptives,” among other requirements.

However, Youngkin argued in a veto statement that the bill “creates an overly broad cause of action against political subdivisions and parents, as well as medical professionals” and “undermines the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning their children's upbringing and care.”

The Virginia Democratic Party blasted Youngkin, with chairwoman Susan Swecker saying in a statement that “By vetoing this bill, Youngkin just proved to Virginians that once again, he does not care about their health or rights."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Glenn Youngkin vetoes bill protecting contraception access in Virginia