The Human Rights Campaign delivered a statement on the Virginia General Assembly’s current session. The national LGBT advocacy group comments that efforts this session are attacking women’s rights to choose and the ability of gay couples to provide loving homes to children.
From HRC president Joe Solmonese:
“HRC strongly opposes any legislation aimed at restricting women’s control over their bodies. The acts of the Virginia legislature yesterday threaten to criminalize doctors and clinics that provide in vitro fertilization services, because many embryos are never successfully implanted and are later destroyed. The legislation is particularly malicious toward LGBT prospective parents because in vitro fertilization is a path to parenthood for many.
“Many types of birth control could be unobtainable if the bill passes. This means that lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender men may no longer have access to effective methods of addressing health problems ranging from abnormal menstrual cycles to rare blood diseases.
“The broader effect of this insidious legislation is to regulate private sexual conduct by imposing one segment of the population’s moral views upon everyone. A win on this bill would likely embolden efforts to control other aspects of Americans’ private sexual conduct – especially for the LGBT community.”
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