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…

Combatting Silence, One Positive Presence at a Time

Every Saturday for the past few months, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists and volunteers have been setting their alarms, waking up early, donning hats, coats, and gloves, and heading over to the Falls Church Women’s Health Clinic. Why? The Falls Church Women’s Health Clinic attracts anti-choice protesters determined to shame, stigmatize, and terrify women heading into…

One More Day to Scrap TRAP

The first 60 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have dealt us blow after blow. Between signing the Global Gag Rule (just three days after the monumentally successful Women’s March on Washington!), Muslim Ban 1.0 and 2.0, vows to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and growing evidence of Russian interference in our election process, we’ve come…

Guest Post: How I Became an Activist (And You Can Too!)

By Megan Kinkel When I first signed up to volunteer with NARAL Pro Choice Virginia, I was invited to attend a press conference held by our Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, where he announced his plan to provide Virginia women with affordable Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs). Prior to that day, I had virtually no experience…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Three: The Activism In years past, legislators in the General Assembly have come to realize that when a reproductive health bill is up for debate, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia advocates will be present to testify, lobby, and, if needed, protest. This year was no exception. NPCV advocates and volunteers traveled to Richmond nearly a dozen…

International Women’s Day in the Trump Era

Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. We use the day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women throughout history and call attention to the work yet to be done for complete social, economic, and political equality. This year, International Women’s Day takes on a whole new sense of urgency. With Donald…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Two: The Bad We’re still savoring our successes from the 2017 General Assembly session, but we can’t forget the major defeats. With the entire House of Delegates up for reelection this November, we kept a close eye on which politicians supported pro-choice policies – and which politicians fought to block or roll back reproductive…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part One: The Good After weeks of hearings, debates, and protests, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session is over. As the dust settles, we’re looking back at a tumultuous series of ups and downs (a few more downs than ups, to be honest). We had a jam-packed six weeks. Our rockstar activists traveled to Richmond…