One More Day to Scrap TRAP

The first 60 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have dealt us blow after blow. Between signing the Global Gag Rule (just three days after the monumentally successful Women’s March on Washington!), Muslim Ban 1.0 and 2.0, vows to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and growing evidence of Russian interference in our election process, we’ve come…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Three: The Activism In years past, legislators in the General Assembly have come to realize that when a reproductive health bill is up for debate, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia advocates will be present to testify, lobby, and, if needed, protest. This year was no exception. NPCV advocates and volunteers traveled to Richmond nearly a dozen…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Two: The Bad We’re still savoring our successes from the 2017 General Assembly session, but we can’t forget the major defeats. With the entire House of Delegates up for reelection this November, we kept a close eye on which politicians supported pro-choice policies – and which politicians fought to block or roll back reproductive…

What We Wanted to Say

Last Thursday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia members and dozens of women from across the Commonwealth woke up before dawn to drive hours to Richmond. They came armed with personal stories about the ways reproductive healthcare and abortion access have impacted their lives and their communities. Supporters, including students, medical professionals, mothers, and concerned citizens, were prepared…

TRAP Comment Delivery

By Laura Foronda, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia volunteer On June 29th, 2016, I was lucky enough to join in on hand-delivering 5,500+ comments to the Virginia Board of Health. The experience of walking into the Virginia Board of Health a couple days after the landmark Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, has been memorable….

My Experience of Supreme Court Victory

By Anna Coughlan, Advocacy and Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia It’s Monday, 10:05 a.m. I am standing in a huge crowd at the Supreme Court, waiting for the ruling that could arrive any minute on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Suddenly, a few young women near me start cheering and hugging each other. The excitement ripples…

A Centuries-Old Fight

By Samantha, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Volunteer I was approached by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia to write about why I advocate for women’s reproductive rights. That sounded like an easy enough task at the time. However, it has proven tricky for me because, to put it simply, I don’t actually have a story to tell. At least,…

Freedom to Frighten

By Anna  Coughlan, Advocacy & Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Content warning: mention of gore, some external links visually depict gore and are marked with specific warnings. A couple weeks ago, I was walking back to my dorm after my statistics class at George Washington University. My only plans for the rest of the day were…

Repro Health 101 Webinar: Dispelling Abortion Myths

By Clara Sainsbury, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia volunteer In recent years, anti-choice politicians have launched aggressive attacks to turn back the clock on women’s reproductive rights. They’ve depicted abortion as immoral, painful, and dangerous. A few weeks ago, I joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s webinar, ReproHealth 101, led by Virginia OBGYN and inspiring women’s health activist, Dr….

Under Texas’s HB 2, Abortion Becomes an Inaccessible Right for Many Women

By Brooke McGee, George Mason University Law Student A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most important abortion rights cases in decades. American women’s access to abortion services is risk. But before we can digest the stakes, let’s take a step back and review how the…