By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern
Rob Farinholt is a firefighter and paramedic, a life-long resident of Hampton Roads, and a 100% pro-choice candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. Farinholt is running against Republican incumbent David Yancey to be the representative of District 94, which encompasses Newport News City. Farinholt is not running to go to Richmond to discuss partisan politics, but to enact legislation that could bring together the people of District 94 and boost their economy.
Farinholt’s opponent Yancey was elected in 2011 and wasted no time passing incredibly partisan bills. Yancey received a 0% pro-choice rating for the 2012-2013 cycle for voting in favor of medically unnecessary ultrasounds, “personhood” legislation, and prohibiting state funding for abortion. Judging by his voting record, it is clear that Yancey is on a crusade against women’s right to choose. 14.4% of people in the Newport News area live below the poverty line, so it is especially insensitive for Yancey to vote in favor of a bill that would harmfully impact so many women in his district’s right to choose.
Farinholt is committed to protecting a woman’s right to a confidential patient-doctor relationship, and to defending women from the privacy invasions of these anti-choice laws. Farinholt plans to work to roll back some of the extreme bills passed last session. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia strongly encourages you to devote your time, resources, or money to Farinholt’s campaign, because it is important for more pro-choice voices to be heard in the Virginia House of Delegates.