Last night, pro-choice Virginians won a huge victory when Lynwood Lewis was officially declared the next state Senator from District 6. With this narrow win, Democrats are poised to possibly take control over the Virginia senate with a 20-20 split and pro-choice champion Ralph Northam as the tie-breaking vote!
Unfortunately, extreme anti-choice politicians will stop at nothing to continue their attacks on Virginians’ health and rights. While Democrats appear ready to take power over the Senate, a small GOP-controlled subcommittee will attempt one last attack on women’s health — defeating a pro-choice bill to repeal the mandatory ultrasound law!
This is nothing but a sneaky attempt to kill critical pro-choice legislation behind closed doors – and possibly right before power shifts. We need your help RIGHT NOW to fight back: Contact Sen. Newman (Chairman of the Health Care Subcommittee) and tell him to take S.B 617 off of today’s agenda!
- Sen. Newman (anti-choice): (804) 698-7523, firstname.lastname@example.org
- S.B 617 is a common-sense bill to repeal Virginia’s invasive and insulting mandatory ultrasound ban and improve access to healthcare for thousands of women and families. If passed, SB 617 would return private medical decisions back to patients and doctors – and get politicians out of Virginians’ personal healthcare choices.
- With the recount results yesterday, it appears that Democrats are poised to take Senate power. This bill should be given a full hearing by our rightfully elected officials – not sneakily buried behind closed doors.
- I will be watching closely to see if you act in favor of women’s health and fair government — or if you continue to play games with our basic health and rights.
In case Sen. Newman refuses to take the bill off the the agenda today, it is critical that we contact other subcommittee members and urge them to support SB 617. Tell these subcommittee members to support SB 617 and repeal Virginia’s ultrasound law now:
- Sen. Dick Black (anti-choice): (804) 698-7513, email@example.com
- Sen. Thomas Garrett (anti-choice): (804) 698-7522, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. John Miller (pro-choice): (804) 698-7501 email@example.com
- We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we can agree that these are personal, private decisions between a woman, her family, her faith, and her doctor. Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman. You can’t make that decision for someone else.
- Requiring an ultrasound before abortion is about political interference, not informed consent. Information should not be provided with the intent or result of shaming, judging, or making a woman change her mind.
- Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy.
Thank you so much for taking action!