Youngkin Vetoes Bills That Protect Patients Seeking Abortion Care

Richmond, Virginia—As states across the country ramp up their efforts to criminalize patients for exercising reproductive choice after the Dobbs decision, Virginia has become a sanctuary for people escaping draconian laws passed in their own states. By vetoing several bills that protected patients and their care teams, Governor Glenn Youngkin has failed Virginians by refusing to protect and advance reproductive rights. 

“These vetoes infringe on the personal freedom of all Virginians,” said Nakita Mayfield, Director of the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance. “Politicians should not intervene in medical care. Gov. Youngkin is playing politics with people’s lives and we should be outraged.”

In response to the pressing challenges posed by the post-Dobbs landscape, SB15/HB 1539 would have protected out-of-state abortion care patients from being extradited to their home state for prosecution. Similarly, SB 716/HB 519 aimed to prevent the Board of Medicine from punishing medical practitioners for providing legal abortion care. By vetoing these bills, Governor Youngkin has turned his back on our collective commitment to safe, legal abortion, bodily autonomy, and medical privacy.

Members of the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance

Birth In Color RVA

Blue Ridge Abortion Fund

Equality Virginia 

Hampton Roads Reproductive Justice League

Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice – Virginia

National Council of Jewish Women, Virginia 

New River Abortion Access Fund

Progress Virginia

REPRO Rising Virginia

Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project 

Virginia NOW (National Organization for Women)

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance

National Women’s Political Caucus-Virginia

Virginia Civic Engagement Table 

Young Feminist Party


SB15 (Favola) and HB 1539 (Simon): Extradition Protection

  • Per federal law, a person who is requested for extradition by a charging state must be a fugitive. States are not federally required to extradite a person who violated the laws of their home state in a state where their conduct was legal, though they may opt to honor the extradition request. Many states have adopted shield laws more broadly to set limits on who may or may not be extradited in these cases: Virginia has not.
  • People of color and low-income people are disproportionately prosecuted for abortion and miscarriage-related crimes and are charged more aggressively than their white or higher income counterparts.

SB 716 (Carrol Foy) and HB 519 (Mundon King): Protect Virginia’s Health Workers, Board of Medicine Bill