Why Pro-Choice Votes are so Important

By Brooke

At the York Democratic Banquet on May 14th, Delegate Robin Abbott, D-Newport News and Senator Mamie Locke, D-Hampton discussed the importance of Democrats supporting reproductive rights in Virginia. This comes in the wake of bans on private insurance coverage of abortion care and new, unwarranted regulations on abortion providers during the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session. Both could severely undercut Virginia women’s access to safe, legal and vital reproductive health care. Some Virginia Democrats attribute this painful loss for women’s health advocates directly to the anti-choice votes of Democratic Senators, Charles Colgan, D-Prince William and Phillip Puckett, D-Russell. If just one of these senators voted with their party, both measures would have failed. As Delegate Abbott stated at the banquet, “I feel like we’ve stepped back 40 years and we need to work hard to turn this trend back around.”

It is clear that the way our state elected officials vote has a direct impact on continued access to reproductive healthcare. To find out more about how your legislators voted on reproductive choice issues during this year’s session, be sure to check out our 2011 Legislative Scorecard. Let’s be sure to thank our allies and let those who oppose comprehensive reproductive health care for Virginia women know how we feel as well.

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