This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia was on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where two Virginia Congressmen stood up to Governor McDonnell’s attacks on women’s health. U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (VA-08) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined with the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health to sign our petition calling for Governor Bob McDonnell to reject new regulations onVirginia’s abortion providers.
Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and chair of the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, began with a rallying cry:
“Gone are the days when we spoke of threats to reproductive freedom,” said Keene. “Today, those threats are reality. Politics and ideology have taken center stage and sound medical science has been rejected. This leaves the future of women’s health and safety in limbo. But we are here to say we won’t bargain with women’s health and lives. We are here to fight back.”
The Congressmen then reminded us that these new regulations are nothing more than politically motivated attacks to end access to safe, legal abortion. We have been saying the same thing since anti-choice legislators first proposed the new regulations. (And editorial boards agree!)
After hearing from the Congressmen, two young Virginia women, Pree Sen and Corrina Beall, told the crowd that new regulations designed to shut down women’s health centers would hurt young and low-income women – women who rely on these centers for basic reproductive health care!
The Congressmen then signed our petition calling on Governor McDonnell to reject these regulations. Congressman Moran and Congressman Connolly add their names to over 5000 Virginians who are standing up to protect women’s healthcare.
The message is simple: Governor McDonnell, Virginians and the nation are watching. Will you stand up and end the war on Virginia women?
Learn more about the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health.