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…

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…

Guest Post: How I Became an Activist (And You Can Too!)

By Megan Kinkel When I first signed up to volunteer with NARAL Pro Choice Virginia, I was invited to attend a press conference held by our Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, where he announced his plan to provide Virginia women with affordable Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs). Prior to that day, I had virtually no experience…

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 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…

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…

Virginia GOP Celebrates End of Session with Wave of Anti-Choice Attacks

By Nicole Grim, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Staff On March 12th, Virignia’s 2016 legislative session officially drew to a close. But not before Virginia’s anti-abortion Republican politicians celebrated the last 12 days of the session (and the start of women’s history month) with a wave of anti-women, anti-choice attacks. This month is supposed to commemorate the generations of women…

Planned Parenthood of Virginia Needs Our Help

Amber Logsdon, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Volunteer The Virginia state legislature is using underhanded tricks to pursue their latest pet cause: defunding Planned Parenthood. Last week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 1090, a measure that would prevent the Virginia Department of Health from funding any health care facility that performs abortions, an attack designed…