Pro-Choice Candidate of the Day: Senator Edd Houck, Senate District 17

We’re just over two weeks away from one of the biggest elections for reproductive choice in Virginia in years. On Tuesday, November 8, Virginians across the state will go to the polls to vote on all 140 General Assembly seats. All this week on the blog, we’ll be spotlighting pro-choice candidates of the day in key races across the state, so you know who will stand up for women’s health in Richmond and who we’re working to help elect this fall!

Senator Edd Houck

Today we continue our series by heading to Senate District 17, which stretches between Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, containing the City of Fredericksburg, all of Orange County, and portions of Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Louisa and Albermarle counties.

In this race, Senator Edd Houck is the pro-choice candidate.

Senator Houck has been in the state Senate for over 25 years and has been a constant, tireless champion for women’s health. Senator Houck is the chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the committee where bills dealing with abortion and reproductive choice and health go in the state Senate. Strong pro-choice leadership on this committee is one of the last obstacles in the General Assembly to stop the anti-choice agenda of Governor Bob McDonnell and his allies. That’s part of the reason anti-choice politicians are working so hard to unseat Senator Houck.

Senator Houck is running against anti-choice candidate Bryce Reeves. Reeves has the support of some of Virginia’s most zealous anti-choice politicians (including Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli) and of the national Family Research Council Action PAC, a group founded by Focus on the Family extremist James Dobson. We can be sure Reeves would toe the line on the radical McDonnell-Cuccinelli agenda in Richmond.

Senator Houck is a strong champion for reproductive freedom, privacy, and the health of women and their families. His constituents in District 17 – as well as Virginians all across the state – need his continued leadership in the state Senate.

As we’ve noted before, Virginia’s state Senate is currently what we call “mixed-choice.” When votes on abortion and other reproductive rights issues come to the floor of the Senate, we do not have a reliable pro-choice majority. We saw the real consequences of this scenario earlier this year as anti-choice legislators snuck through S.B. 924, a bill singling out women’s health centers for new, politically-motivated regulations. As a long-time champion of women’s health, Senator Houck voted against this law because he recognized these regulations for what they are – government intrusion into the private medical decisions of Virginia women that would actually put women’s health and rights in greater danger.

Senator Edd Houck is strong pro-choice leader in Richmond. Learn how you can get involved to get out the pro-choice vote by visiting our Elections page.  Make sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8 and remind all your pro-choice friends to do the same!

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC staff. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.


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