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VA Emergency Contraception Bill Fails

A Virginia bill that would have made emergency contraceptives available over-the-counter failed in committee this week. Although the bill had widespread support in both houses, lawmakers could not reach a compromise on a clause that would have required minors to obtain parental consent before receiving the pills. The bill’s chief sponsor, Delegate Viola Baskerville (D) proposed a compromise where pharmacists and physicians would be required to advise minors to consult a parent before taking the pills. That proposal was rejected. Baskerville plans to reintroduce the over-the-counter measure in the future.

Sources:

Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report - February 26, 2001

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