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….

Birth Control and the Politics of Accessibility

Last week NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, along with twelve other social justice organizations in Virginia that make up the Women’s Equality Coalition, announced their legislative agenda for 2016 to the General Assembly. All proposed legislation works to address the disparities in healthcare, safety, economic opportunity, and democratic participation that exist for women in Virginia and across…

Raising the Profile of LARCs

By Elizabeth Arzt, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Communications Fellow 43% of all unintended pregnancies are due to incorrect or inconsistent use of contraception. This shocking statistic can be remedied with greater awareness and widespread use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs. LARC methods, which include hormonal implants and Intrauterine devices (IUDs), have an unparalleled 99% rate…

Limiting the Rights of Women Who Serve

By Elizabeth Arzt, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Communications Fellow  Veterans Day is a time when we honor our nation’s active service members and veterans. This day also serves as a reminder that the United States continues to deny American servicewomen the vital reproductive healthcare services that they so desperately need. According to the National Institutes of…

Your LAST chance to speak out against dangerous TRAP restrictions!

By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications Intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here. We have one last chance to speak up for women’s health centers in Virginia. Have you taken action yet?  Last year, the Virginia Board of Health finalized burdensome and medically-unnecessary restrictions (also known as TRAP regulations) designed to close Virginia women’s…

Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow to Women’s Health & Rights

By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here. “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In less than one week, the Supreme Court has succeeded in alienating millions of women across Virginia & the United States.  Over the past week, the  highest…

Introducing Alyssa!

By Alyssa Seidorf, 2014 Advocacy & Communications Intern Hello Virginia! My name is Alyssa Seidorf, and I am so thrilled to be working as a summer 2014 Advocacy & Communication Intern for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. I am a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where I spent my college years completely immersed in feminist activism. Working…

Pro-choice on campus: George Mason University

By Elvira Razzano, Choice Out Loud intern at George Mason University  After our pro-choice student organization was forced to disband in the Spring of 2013 due to a low member turnout at meetings, I was motivated to build a coalition of pro-choice students at George Mason University. I was excited to join NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia…

Ken Cuccinelli Blatantly Misleads Virginians on Birth Control Stance

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2013 Ken Cuccinelli Blatantly Misleads Virginians on Birth Control Stance  Despite repeated attempts to criminalize and restrict birth control, GOP gubernatorial candidate now claims government shouldn’t legislate contraception This morning while speaking at Ashby Ponds Senior Center in Loudoun County, GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli once again attempted to whitewash his…

Is Your Legislator Pro-Choice? Check out our 2013 Scorecard!

By Caitlin Bancroft, Legal Intern When it comes to protecting access to comprehensive reproductive health care, do you know where your state legislator stands? During the 2012 General Assembly session, Virginia’s legislature shocked the nation with a series of appalling and unapologetic attacks on women’s rights. In the year since, pro-choice advocates and legislators have…