Each year at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s Power of Choice reception and awards presentation, we celebrate the incredible power and importance of reproductive freedom in our lives — and recommit ourselves to protecting and expanding reproductive rights and health care access. In this critical election year for Virginia, we’re excited to have a great line-up of special guests and award honorees at this year’s event on the evening of Wednesday June 12 in Arlington.
Special Guest Speakers:
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
(D, NY-25) is the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and has been a champion for women’s rights and health care throughout her 14 terms representing New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, she introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) Act to give servicewomen the same access to safe, legal abortion care as civilians. In 2012, she fought successfully for the “Shaheen Amendment” to allow military women who become pregnant as the result of rape or incest to have insurance coverage for abortion care. Read more about the MARCH Act that Congresswoman Slaughter is fighting for in the House.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore
(D, WI-4) has been a leader on the issues of women’s rights and health, health insurance reform, preventing domestic violence and fighting for civil rights for all Americans. She has spoken out powerfully against anti-choice attacks that target women of color and advocated for reproductive justice for low-income families, receiving an “Everyday Hero” award from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2006 for her years in public office, including her work as a state Senator in Wisconsin to require insurance companies to cover prescription contraceptives. At her election in 2004, she became the first African American woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress.
Watch Congresswoman Moore appearing on MSNBC with former NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan earlier this year to discuss the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
“The Aggie Wolf Defender of Choice Award”: Dr. Karen Remley
served as Virginia’s Health Commissioner under Governor Tim Kaine and was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell. In that role as the head of the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Remley’s office was involved in the regulatory process on first-trimester abortion providers created by the passage of a 2011 law calling for new targeted regulations. In fall 2012, she resigned her position
citing Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli’s politicization of the process to put the goal of shutting down abortion providers before medical evidence and precedent. Since then Dr. Remley has continued to speak out against regulations on abortion providers that have nothing to do with health care, including testifying at the Board of Health meeting
where the final regulations were approved.