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…

Virginia Delegate Kicks off 2016 Session by Comparing Abortion to  Slavery; Trashing “Black Lives Matter” Movement

Richmond, VA – This afternoon, Delegate Rick Morris (R-Carrollton) took to the House floor to unleash a barrage of insults aimed at Virginia women and advocates for racial and reproductive justice, comparing abortion to slavery and denigrating the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Delegate Morris’s remarks are available online here: http://act.progressva.org/go/1378?ak_proof=1&t=2&akid=.15749.GfRP0D Advocates for Virginia women and families…

New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Paul Krizek, District 44 

Meet Delegate – Elect Paul Krizek! Krizek will serve as the House Delegate for the 44th District, representing Mt. Vernon Virginia. Krizek is a pro-choice champion whose long record of public service shows a steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of marginalized Virginia women and families. Krizek is dedicated to helping those communities that need…

 New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Mark Levine, District 45

Welcome Delegate-Elect Mark Levine to the Virginia General Assembly!  Levine will serve the 45th District, representing Alexandria and Arlington counties. He is a bold, progressive leader who has spent his career protecting marginalized communities. Levine demonstrates a strong commitment to progressive principles. He served as Precinct Captain for the Alexandria Democratic Committee, where he fought…

New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Steve Heretick, District 79

We are proud to introduce Delegate-Elect Steve Heretick! In January, Heretick will be sworn in to represent Virginia’s 79th district, covering parts of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Heretick is a champion of pro-choice values who understands the importance of ensuring all women have access to quality reproductive healthcare. Hertick’s long record of public service demonstrates a…

 New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Marcia Price, District 95

Welcome Delegate-Elect Marcia Price to the Virginia General Assembly! In January, Price will be sworn in to represent the 95th District. She is a fourth generation resident of the district, which includes Newport News City and Hampton City. Price is a fierce defender of a women’s right to access an abortion — a true model…

Volunteer Spotlight

Each month, we highlight one of our rockstar volunteers! December Spotlight: Carmen Vargas Carmen is a great leader in her community who truly cares about her fellow Virginians. She is a mentor for the Chantilly Youth Group, inspiring them to lead and be better every day. This November, Carmen enthusiastically brought some of “her kids” to…

New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Lashrecse Aird, House of Delegates 63 

We are so excited to welcome Lashrecse Aird to the Virginia House of Delegates! As newly-elected Delegate of the 63rd district, Lashrecse will represent Petersburg City and parts of neighboring counties. Delegate-elect Aird has a long history of community service. She currently serves as Assistant to the President and Board Liaison at Richard Bland College…

New Pro-Choice Legislator Profile: Jeremy McPike, Senate District 29 

Introducing Senator-Elect Jeremy McPike! When he is sworn in early next year, Jeremy McPike will serve the 29th district in the Virginia Senate and represent parts of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. McPike is a staunch pro-choice advocate who can be depended on to protect access to vital reproductive health care services for Virginia…