Like so many Virginians, I have been troubled by the repeated attempts to restrict women's reproductive rights. One of the reasons I got into the race for Lt. Governor is to put an end to this dangerous agenda that undermines women's health. Efforts to put the government squarely in between a woman and her doctor need to stop.
As the only physician in the Virginia Senate, I was proud to lead the fight against the invasive ultrasound requirements last year. We cannot back down from trying to reverse these extreme measures and that is why this year I introduced legislation to repeal this unnecessary regulation. These legislative battles have made it clear that the next Lt. Governor must be someone who shares the mainstream values of Virginia.
From the restrictive TRAP laws to the dangerous personhood bill, this extreme agenda threatens basic birth control and primary services that Virginia women depend on. I will continue to do everything I can to keep the government out of our private lives and out of personal health care decisions. On this issue the choice in this election could not be clearer: I will defend women's access to health care.