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…

Join us for a screening of ‘After Tiller’!

Come join us along with NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and NARAL Pro-Choice America for a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘After Tiller‘ on Thursday, November 7 at 7:20 PM at the West End Cinema! ‘After Tiller’ shares the story of the impact of Dr. George Tiller’s murder in 2009 and the work his close colleagues, the…

Rally to Support Falls Church Healthcare Center Against TRAP

We had a great time today at the rally in Arlington to support the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) in the first stages of its lawsuit protesting targeted regulations against abortion providers pushed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Here’s the link to our Storify story compiling pictures, videos, and social media about the rally….

Abortion is like WHAT?!? Sen. Dick Black is at it again

Hey Virginia, remember Sen. Dick Black? You know, our favorite state Senator who as former Delegate became infamous for handing out plastic fetuses on the floor, dismissing the concept of marital rape and referring to contraception as “baby pesticides“? Well, he’s back. And after his most recent comments, we doubt you’ll forget him again. This…

Pro-Choice on Campus: Update from Virginia Commonwealth University

This fall 2012 semester at Virginia Commonwealth University has been an active one in terms of pro-choice advocacy and activism. It started off with a rally at the Virginia Board of Health on September 14th, to show Virginia legislators that won’t put up with this TRAP (Targeted Regulations for Abortion Providers). Despite our efforts, the…

Attorney General Cuccinelli: practicing medicine without a license?

By Staff This weekend, we got more evidence that Virginia’s new regulations singling out abortion providers are about one thing only: a political agenda to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. On Saturday, Larry O’Dell of the Associated Press released a story titled, “Some medical advisors question abortion rules.” The story focused on…

Thank Delegate Hope for being a leader for women’s health

We don’t always get to share good news on this blog, but today we have some! Yesterday, we learned that the Virginia Department of Corrections will issue a ban on the shackling of pregnant inmates in Virginia. This success for women’s health is due in large part to the consistent efforts of Delegate Patrick Hope,…

We must continue to stand up for women’s health

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia As we wrote yesterday, women’s health centers in Virginia will soon be subject to new, politically-motivated regulations. An article in yesterday’s Chesterfield Observer further discussed the upcoming new regulations: Senate Bill 924 passed the General Assembly earlier this year, requiring all health facilities that perform five or more first trimester abortions…

Senator Edward Houck

Welcome back to our new, regular blog series, Virginia Political Pro(choice)files. In this segment, we highlight Virginia’s state politicians who support and fight for women’s reproductive rights while also drawing attention to politicians who are working to undermine the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. To see how all General Assembly members stacked up…

Virginia: Great for business, terrible for women

By Brooke According to the Washington Post, Virginia has just been ranked the number one state for business. Governor McDonnell credited the awarding of this new ranking to “keeping taxes low, getting government spending under control, [and] having a strong right-to -work law.” In other words, freedom to run a business without unwarranted or unnecessary…