Community Organizing with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

by laura foronda, 2016 summer community organizing intern Throughout the summer, I have learned different skills and gained a lot of knowledge, all thanks to my NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia internship. The reason I wanted to work for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia was because I believe that every woman deserves the respect to make decisions regarding her…

Summer Tabling with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

by Anna Coughlan, Communications & Advocacy Intern Throughout May and June, I have been heading up several tabling events for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia throughout Northern Virginia. Overall, the experience has been positively invigorating.  I’ve been able to connect with all sorts of different people in the NoVa community, most of whom are pro-choice and excited…

TRAP Comment Delivery

By Laura Foronda, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia volunteer On June 29th, 2016, I was lucky enough to join in on hand-delivering 5,500+ comments to the Virginia Board of Health. The experience of walking into the Virginia Board of Health a couple days after the landmark Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, has been memorable….

Volunteer Spotlight: June 2016

Dannielle Flynn Hampton Roads, VA Dannielle is a longtime activist for women’s rights and women’s health, having worked tirelessly with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for over a year to bring awareness of TRAP laws to the Hampton Roads area.  Dannielle plans to continue her work through the Hampton Roads voter registration initiative and through the various discussion…

NPCVA Celebrates the Power of Choice at Annual Gala

by Maggie Seal, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Development Intern NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists and supporters gathered, in Arlington on June 14, in celebration to honor our community leaders at our annual Power of Choice Celebration. Over 150 attendees came to see to three of our most valued activists get recognized for their outstanding work and commitment…

My Experience of Supreme Court Victory

By Anna Coughlan, Advocacy and Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia It’s Monday, 10:05 a.m. I am standing in a huge crowd at the Supreme Court, waiting for the ruling that could arrive any minute on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Suddenly, a few young women near me start cheering and hugging each other. The excitement ripples…

A Centuries-Old Fight

By Samantha, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Volunteer I was approached by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia to write about why I advocate for women’s reproductive rights. That sounded like an easy enough task at the time. However, it has proven tricky for me because, to put it simply, I don’t actually have a story to tell. At least,…

Freedom to Frighten

By Anna  Coughlan, Advocacy & Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Content warning: mention of gore, some external links visually depict gore and are marked with specific warnings. A couple weeks ago, I was walking back to my dorm after my statistics class at George Washington University. My only plans for the rest of the day were…

Volunteer Spotlight: May

Lauren Levenstein Arlington, VA Lauren first became active with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia as an activist after last year’s “Sipping for the States” Happy Hour and has since become one of our most active, reliable, and dedicated volunteers. With a history of working in reproductive rights, Lauren helped launch our Monthly Webinar Series by supporting the…

Volunteer Spotlight: March

Abbie Henrickson Sterling, VA Abbie dedicated many hours to NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia during legislative session, including making multiple trips to Richmond in opposition to anti-choice legislation, delivering petitions in support of Planned Parenthood, and lobbying legislators during our Women’s Equality Coalition Lobby Day. Thank you, Abbie, for your steadfast commitment to reproductive freedom! What makes…

Repro Health 101 Webinar: Dispelling Abortion Myths

By Clara Sainsbury, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia volunteer In recent years, anti-choice politicians have launched aggressive attacks to turn back the clock on women’s reproductive rights. They’ve depicted abortion as immoral, painful, and dangerous. A few weeks ago, I joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s webinar, ReproHealth 101, led by Virginia OBGYN and inspiring women’s health activist, Dr….