Under Texas’s HB 2, Abortion Becomes an Inaccessible Right for Many Women

By Brooke McGee, George Mason University Law Student A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most important abortion rights cases in decades. American women’s access to abortion services is risk. But before we can digest the stakes, let’s take a step back and review how the…

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…

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…

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…

Volunteer Spotlight: Februrary

Each month, we highlight one of our rockstar volunteers! February Spotlight: Nelly Samaniego “I met Nelly a few years before joining NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia at a rally, and we instantly connected. We volunteered together and have grown our common interest into a friendship. Nelly is always willing to help. Her experience working with Latino families…

What Roe Means To Me

By Rebecca Gotwalt As a teen I was estranged from my abusive family, by 17 I was living with my high school boyfriend and his kind but impoverished family.  I attempted to obtain healthcare and birth control from our County Health facility.  Instead of assistance I was met with judgement.  I was told to go…

What Today Means To Me

By Melissa Weger When I was just 3 years old, Roe. V Wade became the law of the land. I grew up never knowing anything different — but I heard the stories. Stories of women seeking illegal abortions in back alleys, stories of women losing their lives during unsafe procedures, stories of women resorting to…

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…

Birth Control and the Politics of Accessibility

Last week NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, along with twelve other social justice organizations in Virginia that make up the Women’s Equality Coalition, announced their legislative agenda for 2016 to the General Assembly. All proposed legislation works to address the disparities in healthcare, safety, economic opportunity, and democratic participation that exist for women in Virginia and across…