My Experience of Supreme Court Victory

By Anna Coughlan, Advocacy and Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia It’s Monday, 10:05 a.m. I am standing in a huge crowd at the Supreme Court, waiting for the ruling that could arrive any minute on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Suddenly, a few young women near me start cheering and hugging each other. The excitement ripples…

I camped out for 26 hours to hear the case: My Supreme Court Adventure

Before I lived in Northern Virginia, I visited the DC area several times. Not only am I an American history and government junkie, I’m also passionate about reproductive rights. The first time I went to the Supreme Court, I remember feeling in awe of the building and what it represented. Since that moment, I had…

Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow to Women’s Health & Rights

By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here. “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In less than one week, the Supreme Court has succeeded in alienating millions of women across Virginia & the United States.  Over the past week, the  highest…

Couple-Focused Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics

By Leigh The Guttmacher Institute recently released a study entitled, “Couple-Focused Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics: Identifying the Need, 2009.” In sifting through the sixty-nine page report, I learned it essentially states that both males and females are interested in receiving counseling on family planning and birth control, but that clinic administrators often…

Turning the Tide for Women’s Health

By Leigh A recent poll in Politico shows 79 percent of adults in the U.S. “feel Congress has focused too much on abortion and not enough on things like preventive care, reproductive health and expanding access to birth control.” This seems like promising statistic for women’s health in our country. However, the poll also revealed…

A Critical Time to Pay Congress a Visit

By Brett Copeland League of Young Leaders Co-Chair No deal: It’s what we heard on Tuesday as House Leadership left the White House. We are coming down to zero-hour on the budget (or at least until the next Continuing Resolution). House Republicans have made it clear they’re willing to slash and burn whatever they can—no…

Pro-choice and pro-woman

You have spoken up Virginia. In only two weeks, nearly 400 of our dedicated supporters and activists have signed our petition encouraging the new Chesterfield County crisis pregnancy center to commit to higher standards of accountability. You are by now familiar with our simple challenge to the “Pregnancy Help Center of Chester”: Be honest and…

Time magazine misses some key points in story about CPCs

A brand-new TIME article about “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) mentioned our nearly year-long, substantive investigation into identifiable CPCs in the commonwealth of Virginia. If you haven’t read the report, be sure to check out all our findings for yourself. We are excited that national media like TIME magazine are highlighting the amazing work of our volunteers…

Reproductive Healthcare for All

Many thanks to our intern, Claire, for her work on this post. By now, you probably have heard a lot about Arizona’s newest immigration measure, SB 1070. The new law, which was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23 and will go into effect at the end of July, makes it a crime…

Oklahoma… where the legislature comes attacking women

Anti-choice forces are hard at work in Oklahoma, and their recent successes are an omen of things to come, especially with the ways things are looking in Virginia. The Oklahoma legislature passed two very harmful laws, both of which were vetoed by the Governor. The legislature then overturned the veto, despite the Governor’s very valid…

CPCs on the National Front!

Sign Change.org’s National Petition to put an end to deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers all over the nation! Sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/stop_false_advertising_by_crisis_pregnancy_centers! Petition TextStop False Advertising by and Federal Funding for Fake Clinics Dear Congressional leader, I am outraged that fake clinics, or so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), deceptively advertise as comprehensive women’s health clinics,…