Sen. McClellan Statement on Leaked SCOTUS Draft Ruling in Dobbs Case
McClellan: ‘Virginia is now a national leader in protecting abortion access — and we will never turn back’
RICHMOND, VA – Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement regarding the leaked Supreme Court draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on abortion rights.
“If the Court issues this leaked ruling, it will fly in the face of a half century of settled law and the vast majority of Americans who support abortion rights,” Sen. McClellan said. “Every American deserves access to a full range of reproductive health care including abortion services — regardless of which state they call home. But this ruling would undo constitutional rights and leave the decisions to politicians in every state.
“This draft ruling makes it clear: States are the battleground for reproductive rights. I passed the Reproductive Health Protection Act in 2020, removing medically unnecessary barriers to abortion and making Virginia the first southern state to expand access. Because of the Reproductive Health Protection Act, Virginia is now a national leader in protecting abortion access — and we will never turn back.
“I want to make sure every Virginian knows that abortion is legal today in Virginia, and it will remain legal regardless of this Supreme Court decision. I will continue to fight every day to protect our progress and ensure that Virginia remains a safe haven for abortion rights.”
Sen. McClellan was the chief Senate patron of the 2020 Reproductive Health Protection Act, the first law in the South to proactively protect access to reproductive care by removing medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. These restrictions included mandatory ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws that require abortion providers to be regulated like hospitals. Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) was the chief House patron of the Reproductive Health Protection Act.
As the first member of the House of Delegates to be pregnant while in office, McClellan was a leading opponent of these restrictions when they passed the House, delivering a speech on the House floor using her personal copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”
In 2021, McClellan was the chief Senate patron of a new law that removed the ban on abortion coverage for health insurance plans offered through the health exchange, making Virginia the first state in the South to end these restrictions on abortion access. Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville) was the chief House patron.