Why Local Elections Matter

by Hannah Weirs, Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington Voting is one part of the political process that I have been excited about since I was a senior in high school. One of the first things I did on my 18th birthday was drive to the library to fill out my voter…

My pregnancy scare made me a pro-choice advocate

By Hannah Weirs, University of Mary Washington Student Advocacy Fellow I have a strong memory of having a conversation with my mom about birth control when I was in middle school. I don’t remember most of what was said, but I remember how she finished the conversation: “when the time comes, we’ll talk about getting…

BY MAISIE BLAUFUSS, STUDENT ADVOCACY FELLOW AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY Elections are my least favorite part of politics.  That might sound strange for anyone who knows me, given that I have spent the last two years of my life entrenched in one campaign after another.  But I think that elections distract from…

October Volunteer Spotlight

Jessie Merek Alexandria, VA “Jessie first joined the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia team last December, and, not even a year into her activism with our organization, she has risen to be one of our star volunteers. Jessie is always up for the task at hand, whether that’s countering anti-choice negativity at our Positive Presences, calling anti-abortion…

When the trolls come out to play

Want to know how anti-choicers view women? Post a simple premise online: anti-abortion laws hurt women. Watch the far-right attack and dehumanize women for daring to assert control over their own reproductive future. Brush it off, get back to fighting for reproductive freedom. Rinse and repeat. Online Ads, Online Attacks It’s no secret that abortion…

Drawing a Line at Title IX

Last week Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department of Education would roll back Title IX protections for college survivors of sexual assault. With little notice, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists – including our George Mason University student fellow – gathered to protest the announcement, which took place at George Mason University. Our student fellow,…

September Volunteer Spotlight

Every month, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia highlights our “Volunteer Spotlight,” an individual whose dedication and involvement to our organization has helped support our mission throughout the Commonwealth.  Nikia Fisher Hampton Roads Nikia Fisher is a womanist and a pro-choice activist in the Newport News area. With her own nonprofit, Love Should Not Hurt which mentors women who are…

25 More Reasons to Vote

Yesterday, we announced 25 more reasons to vote this November 7th. That’s right – NARAL Pro-Choice Virignia announced another round of endorsements, this time for 25 challengers running for seats in the House of Delegates. We’ve got candidates in Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Fredericksburg…just about everywhere. They’re stepping up to take on anti-choice incumbents or…

August Volunteer Spotlight

Every month, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia highlights our “Volunteer Spotlight,” an individual whose dedication and involvement to our organization has helped support our mission throughout the Commonwealth.  Monty and Roy Nordin Fredericksburg, VA “I had the pleasure of meeting Monty and Roy at our first “Reading the Resistance” Book Club meeting in Fredericksburg this past March….

I called a crisis pregnancy center. This is what I learned:

by Megan Kinkel, NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA volunteer As a labor and delivery nurse, my whole career is devoted to women’s health and helping families bring healthy babies into this world.  I have been extremely blessed to support countless women throughout labor and birth.  It is largely because of my nursing experience that Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

Protecting Choice through Inclusive Advocacy: Strengthening our Grassroots Activists

In 2014, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia launched our annual Pro-Choice Leadership and Advocacy Summits, a unique opportunity for pro-choice activists around the Commonwealth to come together for a day of hands-on training and learning. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has made a conscious effort to center the Leadership & Advocacy Summits on intersectionality within the reproductive justice movement,…

Why the reproductive rights movement is fighting hard for net neutrality

Imagine that you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. You go online to research your options. You type in ‘abortion,’ and page after page comes up warning of extreme risks associated with abortion. Cancer, infertility, death. You try to find a clinic near you but for some reason all the results are confusing, well-disguised Crisis Pregnancy Centers…