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…

When it Comes to Virginia Politics, Trust Virginians

by Anna Malinowski, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Charlottesville Organizing Fellow Do you know that a lot of Presidents were born in Virginia? Eight, to be exact. That’s the most of any state. If you grew up in Virginia, you probably knew that. In fact, you’ve probably been to at least two of their houses for school…

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 the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part One: The Good After weeks of hearings, debates, and protests, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session is over. As the dust settles, we’re looking back at a tumultuous series of ups and downs (a few more downs than ups, to be honest). We had a jam-packed six weeks. Our rockstar activists traveled to Richmond…

Unpacking Tuesday’s Election Results

By Elizabeth Arzt, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Communications Fellow  I’m so proud to be a part of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s expansive election year program. Our operation was instrumental in achieving substantial pro-choice gains in Virginia’s General Assembly. Our team knocked on 14,500 doors and made 26,000 phone calls to educate and mobilize pro-choice voters in targeted districts throughout…

Way to go, Virginia!

Approximately one week ago, Virginia awoke to the exciting news of Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam being elected as the next governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. As votes are still being counted in the attorney general race, news of Mark Herring pulling ahead has spread and as has the hope that Virginia has elected a…

Cuccinelli gave big money to CPCs that lie to women

Unbelievable: An investigative report by Mother Jones just revealed that anti-choice gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has donated thousands of dollars to Virginia crisis pregnancy centers that lie to women. While not entirely surprising coming from the man who has been one of the most anti-choice gubernatorial candidates Virginia has ever seen, this is still shocking….

Pro-Choice Candidate Profile: James Harder, District 12

By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern James Harder is a 5th generation Montgomery County resident, PhD student at Virginia Tech, and a 100% pro-choice candidate. Harder is running against anti-choice incumbent Joseph Yost to represent District 12, which includes Montgomery County, Giles County, and Pulaski County and Radford City, in the Virginia House…

Pro-Choice Candidate Profile: Elizabeth Miller, District 32

By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern Elizabeth Miller is running to represent the 32nd district in the Virginia House of Delegates. District 32, which encompasses Ashburn in Loudoun County, has been represented by Republican Tag Greason since 2009. Miller is running for delegate because she is “opposed to Tag Greason running unopposed” because…