Women's Health & Equality

Senator Favola feels strongly that reproductive health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor — not with politicians.  The Senator continues to fight vigorously against bills that would require medically unnecessary procedures that are intended to demean and shame women. Fortunately, these bills were either vetoed by Governor McAuliffe or ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.  On a more positive note, the following bills sponsored by Senator Favola passed:


Helping Victims of Sexual Assault:  Senator Favola  worked with the Office of the Attorney General on a bill to require that sexual assault survivors be informed if physical evidence submitted prior to July 1, 2016, contains DNA evidence.

Reporting acts of campus sexual violence: Requiring universities to create memorandums of understanding with local sexual assault crisis centers and to provide survivors with access to other community resources.

Preventing Sexual Assault:  Senator Favola’s Bar Bystander Bill encourages bartenders and others who serve or sell spirits in an ABC licensed or permitted establishments to undergo training to help prevent risky situations from culminating into sexual assaults.