We’re less than two weeks away from one of the biggest elections for reproductive choice in Virginia in years. On Tuesday, November 8, Virginians will go to the polls to vote on all 140 General Assembly seats. All this week on the blog, we are spotlighting pro-choice candidates of the day in key races across the state, so you know who will stand up for women’s rights and health in Richmond and who we’re working to help elect this fall!
We conclude our week of pro-choice candidate spotlights in Senate District 37 in Fairfax County, which winds from Annandale in the east through Burke and Centreville and out to the southwest corner of the county.
In this race, Senator Dave Marsden is the pro-choice candidate.
Throughout his time in the House of Delegates and now in the state Senate, Senator Marsden has been 100-percent pro-choice and an outspoken and tireless champion for women’s health. He provides one of the vital votes necessary to stop the anti-choice agenda of Governor Bob McDonnell and his allies.
Senator Marsden is running against anti-choice candidate Jason Flanary. Flanary is another extreme candidate this year who will support the McDonnell-Cuccinelli anti-choice agenda and advance government intrusion into the private medical decisions between a woman, her doctor, her family and her faith. In fact, Flanary wants to intrude in the private medical decisions of young women and opposes access to medically-necessary abortion later in a pregnancy. Jason Flanary would do much to undermine vital healthcare for Virginia women.
As it is so important to remember, 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. Senator Marsden 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.
Every vote in the Senate is critical, and we know Senator Dave Marsden will continue to be a strong pro-choice leader in Richmond. Learn how you can get involved to get out the pro-choice vote (including for Senator Marsden!) by visiting our Elections page. Make sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8, and share this post with friends in Fairfax County to help us get out the pro-choice vote!
By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC staff. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.