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Miyares plans to remove the state from the heated debate and believes the judiciary should leave the decision to individual states.

RICHMOND, Va. — A new administration in place means policy changes and one effect is that Virginia will no longer uphold a woman’s right to an abortion according to a change made by the new attorney general on Friday.

In the words of new Republican Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares, the historic Roe vs. Wade decision should be overturned and Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy should not be deemed unconstitutional.

Virginia plans to opt out of the heated debate and believes the court system should leave the decision to individual states.

“Following the change in administration on January 15, 2022, the Attorney General has reconsidered Virginia’s position in this matter. The purpose of this letter is to inform the Court that Virginia no longer adheres to the arguments contained in her previously filed brief. …” Miyares wrote in a letter to the courts.

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Virginia previously joined 22 other states, including DC, in arguing that Mississippi’s abortion ban was unconstitutional, but now the state believes “the Constitution is silent on the issue of abortion” and d ‘other areas of the law have become political, leading them to withdraw from the issue.

State-by-state battles over the future of abortion are taking place around the United States. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions based on Texas and Mississippi laws and some Democratic-led states are working to preserve access. Activity in state legislatures was anticipated after the United States Supreme Court signaled that it was prepared to make seismic changes to the national abortion law established in Roe v. Wade.

If the court completely overturns Roe v. Wade, the decision of whether or not to keep abortion legal would be up to the states. More than 20 states already have laws in place that would quickly ban or severely restrict abortion.

Meanwhile, 15 states have taken steps to protect access to abortion.

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