Take a Closer Look

by Juliana, Student Advocacy Fellow at Emory & Henry College Campaign attack advertisements are almost universally hated. How many times have we been watching television and suddenly a politician pops up to talk badly about their opponent and we just roll our eyes? They all use a bold, all-caps font to make their message seem…

Why I’m Voting

by Preethi Srikanthan, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University After Trump was elected as our President, I was in a state of shock and disbelief. After all, despite the counter-arguments about Hillary Clinton, her competency and experience could hardly be denied in comparison. After I had a bit more time to process it, I…

“I was so depressed when Trump was elected.”

by Caroline F, Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington Almost every time I talk to anyone about anything regarding social issues and politics, I hear a variation of the same thing: “I was so depressed when Trump was elected.” This is a reality for so many people, including myself. However, what really…

Making progress one local race at a time

by Kristin Gleichauf, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher standard.”- George McGovern I believe the best aspect of American democracy is open dissent, and nowhere is open dissent more…

Wondering Why You Should Vote for Justin Fairfax?

by Haley Hine, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary With Virginia’s election season coming up fast, you may be looking for a quick overview of the candidates running before heading to the polls to cast your vote. Look no further. On November 7th, 2017, you should head to your local polling…

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…

Why Local Elections Matter

by Hannah Weirs, Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington Voting is one part of the political process that I have been excited about since I was a senior in high school. One of the first things I did on my 18th birthday was drive to the library to fill out my voter…

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…

BY MAISIE BLAUFUSS, STUDENT ADVOCACY FELLOW AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY Elections are my least favorite part of politics.  That might sound strange for anyone who knows me, given that I have spent the last two years of my life entrenched in one campaign after another.  But I think that elections distract from…

25 More Reasons to Vote

Yesterday, we announced 25 more reasons to vote this November 7th. That’s right – NARAL Pro-Choice Virignia announced another round of endorsements, this time for 25 challengers running for seats in the House of Delegates. We’ve got candidates in Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Fredericksburg…just about everywhere. They’re stepping up to take on anti-choice incumbents or…

I’m Running on Ralph

By Stephanie Fewsmith, NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA volunteer “Hi there, my name is Stephanie and I’m a volunteer with Ralph Northam’s campaign. How are you today?” Over the last several weeks I have started many conversations this way. Many of them are short and sweet, some of them turn into a longer discussion. One of them…

Celebrating The Power of Choice

Last Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia celebrated our 15 years of work to protect and advance reproductive freedom in Virginia and honored those who have made an outstanding impact on our mission at the 7th annual Power of Choice Gala. The event brought together over 200 pro-choice activists and supporters to celebrate the progress we’ve made…