My Pro-Choice Story

by Juliana, Student Advocacy Fellow at Emory & Henry College I had my first period on Thursday, January 15, 2009. I thought I was going to die. That period, and the many that would follow, would leave me in horrible pain all over my body. Once a month, I missed at least one day of…

I Was Ready

by Maisie Blaufuss, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary I “went on” birth control pills for the first time when I was fifteen. I was a freshman in high school and I had ended up in the hospital twice in three months with bleeding so heavy and cramping so intense  These…

Birth control is not a luxury. It’s basic healthcare.

by Haley Hine, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary I first went on birth control when I was 17 years old. Since my first period, I experienced intense cramping and bleeding every month. I would often faint in class and have such heavy bleeding that it required me to change my…

My pregnancy scare made me a pro-choice advocate

By Hannah Weirs, University of Mary Washington Student Advocacy Fellow I have a strong memory of having a conversation with my mom about birth control when I was in middle school. I don’t remember most of what was said, but I remember how she finished the conversation: “when the time comes, we’ll talk about getting…

When the trolls come out to play

Want to know how anti-choicers view women? Post a simple premise online: anti-abortion laws hurt women. Watch the far-right attack and dehumanize women for daring to assert control over their own reproductive future. Brush it off, get back to fighting for reproductive freedom. Rinse and repeat. Online Ads, Online Attacks It’s no secret that abortion…

Campus Update: UMW Students Launch Conversation on Reproductive Health

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia works with students across the Commonwealth to change the dialogue about abortion and reproductive health care and build a new generation of reproductive health advocates. Below, Caroline Flynn, Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s University of Mary Washington chapter wrote about what the newest group of student organizers have been up to…

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…

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,…