Hudson says Supreme Court decision won't impact Virginians yet
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Delegate Sally Hudson (D-57th) says Virginians will not be impacted by the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade for now.
Hudson says Virginians' rights to abortion in the first trimester and up to the third trimester with restrictions are protected under state laws regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides.
However, she says just because abortion will still be legal doesn't mean everyone will have the same access to it.
"One in 10 Virginia counties has a clinic that can perform abortions," said Hudson. "That means a lot of people have to travel to get the care they need. That's where the Governor and Executive Branch could start to put up hurdles between patients and abortion care, if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe."
She says this draft opinion targets two landmark Supreme Court cases: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The Casey ruling upholds a right to have an abortion, crafting the undue burden standard for abortion restrictions.
Delegate Rob Bell (R-58th) declined a request for comment.