Getting the healthcare I need, without shame and stigma.

by Caroline F., Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington I have been pro-choice for as long as I can remember. I’ve always believed that a person should have the right to control their own body without interference from the government or any other outside institution or group. However, I did not fully…

I Was Ready

by Maisie Blaufuss, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary I “went on” birth control pills for the first time when I was fifteen. I was a freshman in high school and I had ended up in the hospital twice in three months with bleeding so heavy and cramping so intense  These…

Take a Closer Look

by Juliana, Student Advocacy Fellow at Emory & Henry College Campaign attack advertisements are almost universally hated. How many times have we been watching television and suddenly a politician pops up to talk badly about their opponent and we just roll our eyes? They all use a bold, all-caps font to make their message seem…

Why I’m Voting

by Preethi Srikanthan, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University After Trump was elected as our President, I was in a state of shock and disbelief. After all, despite the counter-arguments about Hillary Clinton, her competency and experience could hardly be denied in comparison. After I had a bit more time to process it, I…

Making progress one local race at a time

by Kristin Gleichauf, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher standard.”- George McGovern I believe the best aspect of American democracy is open dissent, and nowhere is open dissent more…

Wondering Why You Should Vote for Justin Fairfax?

by Haley Hine, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary With Virginia’s election season coming up fast, you may be looking for a quick overview of the candidates running before heading to the polls to cast your vote. Look no further. On November 7th, 2017, you should head to your local polling…

My pregnancy scare made me a pro-choice advocate

By Hannah Weirs, University of Mary Washington Student Advocacy Fellow I have a strong memory of having a conversation with my mom about birth control when I was in middle school. I don’t remember most of what was said, but I remember how she finished the conversation: “when the time comes, we’ll talk about getting…

October Volunteer Spotlight

Jessie Merek Alexandria, VA “Jessie first joined the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia team last December, and, not even a year into her activism with our organization, she has risen to be one of our star volunteers. Jessie is always up for the task at hand, whether that’s countering anti-choice negativity at our Positive Presences, calling anti-abortion…

When the trolls come out to play

Want to know how anti-choicers view women? Post a simple premise online: anti-abortion laws hurt women. Watch the far-right attack and dehumanize women for daring to assert control over their own reproductive future. Brush it off, get back to fighting for reproductive freedom. Rinse and repeat. Online Ads, Online Attacks It’s no secret that abortion…

Drawing a Line at Title IX

Last week Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department of Education would roll back Title IX protections for college survivors of sexual assault. With little notice, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists – including our George Mason University student fellow – gathered to protest the announcement, which took place at George Mason University. Our student fellow,…

September Volunteer Spotlight

Every month, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia highlights our “Volunteer Spotlight,” an individual whose dedication and involvement to our organization has helped support our mission throughout the Commonwealth.  Nikia Fisher Hampton Roads Nikia Fisher is a womanist and a pro-choice activist in the Newport News area. With her own nonprofit, Love Should Not Hurt which mentors women who are…

25 More Reasons to Vote

Yesterday, we announced 25 more reasons to vote this November 7th. That’s right – NARAL Pro-Choice Virignia announced another round of endorsements, this time for 25 challengers running for seats in the House of Delegates. We’ve got candidates in Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Fredericksburg…just about everywhere. They’re stepping up to take on anti-choice incumbents or…