August 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.  Monty and Roy Nordin Fredericksburg, VA “I had the pleasure of meeting Monty and Roy at our first “Reading the Resistance” Book Club meeting in Fredericksburg this past March….

I called a crisis pregnancy center. This is what I learned:

by Megan Kinkel, NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA volunteer As a labor and delivery nurse, my whole career is devoted to women’s health and helping families bring healthy babies into this world.  I have been extremely blessed to support countless women throughout labor and birth.  It is largely because of my nursing experience that Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

Protecting Choice through Inclusive Advocacy: Strengthening our Grassroots Activists

In 2014, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia launched our annual Pro-Choice Leadership and Advocacy Summits, a unique opportunity for pro-choice activists around the Commonwealth to come together for a day of hands-on training and learning. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has made a conscious effort to center the Leadership & Advocacy Summits on intersectionality within the reproductive justice movement,…

Why the reproductive rights movement is fighting hard for net neutrality

Imagine that you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. You go online to research your options. You type in ‘abortion,’ and page after page comes up warning of extreme risks associated with abortion. Cancer, infertility, death. You try to find a clinic near you but for some reason all the results are confusing, well-disguised Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

Liberty and (Reproductive) Justice For All

By Madelyn Schneider Along with the Fourth of July comes barbeques, fireworks, and a likely highly-anticipated long weekend. Here at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, we value rest, relaxation, and quality time with our friends and family just as much as anyone else. However, right now, we also have a job to do. On a holiday where…

You Don’t Own Me (And here’s to the politicians that get it)

By Nicole Grim 365 days ago, the Supreme Court ruled on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – and it feels just like yesterday. I had so many nerves, so many feelings of relief, of joy, of pride when the decision was announced— I’ll never forget how it felt, but it’s near impossible to put into words….

Reproductive Justice is LGBT Justice

by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s Charlottesville Organizing Fellow Existing in any space as a queer disabled woman often garners a lot of questions.  Some of them – “what does queer actually mean” or “when did you start identifying as disabled”- are educational moments I relish having the opportunity to answer. Others- “are you actually disabled if…

I’m Running on Ralph

By Stephanie Fewsmith, NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA volunteer “Hi there, my name is Stephanie and I’m a volunteer with Ralph Northam’s campaign. How are you today?” Over the last several weeks I have started many conversations this way. Many of them are short and sweet, some of them turn into a longer discussion. One of them…

Celebrating The Power of Choice

Last Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia celebrated our 15 years of work to protect and advance reproductive freedom in Virginia and honored those who have made an outstanding impact on our mission at the 7th annual Power of Choice Gala. The event brought together over 200 pro-choice activists and supporters to celebrate the progress we’ve made…

Power of Choice 2017: Award Recipients

At this year’s Power of Choice event, we’ll be celebrating NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s 15th anniversary year, hearing from all three of our pro-choice statewide elected officials, and coming together to support the hard work we have ahead for reproductive freedom!We also take this chance each year to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond…

When it Comes to Virginia Politics, Trust Virginians

by Anna Malinowski, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Charlottesville Organizing Fellow Do you know that a lot of Presidents were born in Virginia? Eight, to be exact. That’s the most of any state. If you grew up in Virginia, you probably knew that. In fact, you’ve probably been to at least two of their houses for school…

Campus Update: UMW Students Launch Conversation on Reproductive Health

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia works with students across the Commonwealth to change the dialogue about abortion and reproductive health care and build a new generation of reproductive health advocates. Below, Caroline Flynn, Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s University of Mary Washington chapter wrote about what the newest group of student organizers have been up to…