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….

Under Texas’s HB 2, Abortion Becomes an Inaccessible Right for Many Women

By Brooke McGee, George Mason University Law Student A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most important abortion rights cases in decades. American women’s access to abortion services is risk. But before we can digest the stakes, let’s take a step back and review how the…

Virginia GOP Celebrates End of Session with Wave of Anti-Choice Attacks

By Nicole Grim, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Staff On March 12th, Virignia’s 2016 legislative session officially drew to a close. But not before Virginia’s anti-abortion Republican politicians celebrated the last 12 days of the session (and the start of women’s history month) with a wave of anti-women, anti-choice attacks. This month is supposed to commemorate the generations of women…