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…

UPDATE from the Virginia General Assembly

We’re halfway through Virginia Assembly legislative session! Tuesday was crossover, the final day the House and Senate have to act on their own bills before the bills “cross over” for consideration in the other body. This deadline means that the past few week have been action packed. We’ve been fighting tooth and nail to stop attacks…

Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition Announces 2016 Agenda

On January 13th, just before the General Assembly gaveled into session, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia joined our Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition partners for a press conference to unveil the group’s 2016 legislative agenda. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia executive director Tarina Keene kicked off the event by highlighting the coalition’s legislative priorities to protect women’s health: closing the…

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…

Despite heroic efforts from pro-choice Delegates, dangerous budget amendments advance in House

Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegate voted to approve three separate budget amendments attacking women’s health.  Despite passionate speeches against these extreme measures from our pro-choice champions, a majority of Delegates voted to include amendments in the final house budget to defund Planned Parenthood and strip funding for low-income women who seek abortion when the fetus…

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…

Pro-Choice Candidate Profile: Kathleen Murphy, District 34

By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern Kathleen Murphy is challenging Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock for the District 34 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. District 34, which encompasses McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Fairfax and Loudoun County, has been represented by Comstock since 2009. Murphy, a longtime resident of McLean and…