Raising the Profile of LARCs

By Elizabeth Arzt, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Communications Fellow 43% of all unintended pregnancies are due to incorrect or inconsistent use of contraception. This shocking statistic can be remedied with greater awareness and widespread use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs. LARC methods, which include hormonal implants and Intrauterine devices (IUDs), have an unparalleled 99% rate…

Introducing Alyssa!

By Alyssa Seidorf, 2014 Advocacy & Communications Intern Hello Virginia! My name is Alyssa Seidorf, and I am so thrilled to be working as a summer 2014 Advocacy & Communication Intern for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. I am a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where I spent my college years completely immersed in feminist activism. Working…

Respect and access are key

By Autumn I promised my husband a date at the movies this past Tuesday night. What he didn’t know was that I was taking him to see 12th and Delaware which was being screened in a lecture room at Virginia Commonwealth University, courtesy of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and the VCU…

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…

It’s campaign season again — and not just the one you’re thinking of!

Hey federal government employees – did you know you can support the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign? The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a workplace giving program that allows employees of the federal government to easily contribute to charitable organizations, with donations automatically deducted from your paycheck. The 2010 CFC campaign…

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Statement on Governor McDonnell Rejecting Funding for Comprehensive Sex Ed Programs

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                September 1, 2010 GOVERNOR MCDONNELL PLACES IDEOLOGY ABOVE TEEN HEALTH NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to reject federal funding for comprehensive sex education programs and instead apply for abstinence-only funding. “It is disappointing that Governor McDonnell has put political ideology before our…

Governor McDonnell Chooses Ideology Over Teen Health

Yesterday, we let you know that Governor Bob McDonnell had the chance to accept federal funding for comprehensive sex education through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). As we mentioned, the Obama Administration offered the funding for this program for states with no state match (meaning states would not have to put up their own…

Governor McDonnell Has The Chance to Protect The Health of Virginia’s Youth

It’s hardly news that abstinence-only sex education doesn’t work. Many states, including Virginia, have recognized the failures of abstinence-only education, and in 2009, chose not to apply for Title V abstinence-only funding. Now Virginia faces a choice: Governor McDonnell can apply for Title V funding, for new funding for comprehensive sex ed or for both….

2010 Legislative Scorecard

Our annual scorecard is up and you can check to see how your own legislators performed this past session when it comes to bills related to reproductive freedom and health. Sadly, since 2009, we lost a handful of 100% pro-choice delegates. And while we gained a 100% state senator, we still don’t have a majority….

Rise in teenage pregnancy rate spurs new debate on arresting it

Rise in teenage pregnancy rate spurs new debate on arresting it By Rob Stein Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 26, 2010; A04 The pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade, raising alarm that the long campaign to reduce motherhood among adolescents…