Exposing Fake Women’s Health Clinics 

By Elizabeth Arzt, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Communications Fellow You’ve probably seen those billboards or online ads with messages like “Pregnant? Scared?” that advertise free pregnancy tests – but are otherwise vague about their mission and the services offered. It’s a common advertising ploy used by anti-choice groups that call themselves “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs). These…

Your LAST chance to speak out against dangerous TRAP restrictions!

By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications Intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here. We have one last chance to speak up for women’s health centers in Virginia. Have you taken action yet?  Last year, the Virginia Board of Health finalized burdensome and medically-unnecessary restrictions (also known as TRAP regulations) designed to close Virginia women’s…

A TRAP Tantrum in Manassas

A Manassas City Council member has spent 6 years leading a big-government crusade for burdensome clinic regulations. Monday night, he’ll try again.

Is Your Legislator Pro-Choice? Check out our 2013 Scorecard!

By Caitlin Bancroft, Legal Intern When it comes to protecting access to comprehensive reproductive health care, do you know where your state legislator stands? During the 2012 General Assembly session, Virginia’s legislature shocked the nation with a series of appalling and unapologetic attacks on women’s rights. In the year since, pro-choice advocates and legislators have…

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has its facts wrong. Get the truth!

By Alena Yarmosky, Advocacy and Communications Manager This is outrageous. On Friday morning, the Richmond Times Dispatch published an unbelievable and stunningly inaccurate editorial on Governor McDonnell’s recently introduced abortion ban amendment. The editorial recycled Governor McDonnell’s false claims of “taxpayer funded abortion” and completely misrepresented the truth of the matter, all while ignoring the…

Statewide poll shows majority of Virginians oppose TRAP

The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, which is made up of state and national women’s health advocates and providers and chaired by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia,  commissioned a public opinion survey from Beck Research, LLC on burdensome targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP).  Beck Research LLC then conducted an independent representative phone survey of Virginia…

Abortion is like WHAT?!? Sen. Dick Black is at it again

Hey Virginia, remember Sen. Dick Black? You know, our favorite state Senator who as former Delegate became infamous for handing out plastic fetuses on the floor, dismissing the concept of marital rape and referring to contraception as “baby pesticides“? Well, he’s back. And after his most recent comments, we doubt you’ll forget him again. This…

Tell Your Senator to Pass Pro-Choice Legislation NOW!

If we are going to have a shot at turning back last year’s overwhelming tide of anti-choice legislation, we need your help right now. Over the past two years, Virginia’s  lawmakers have passed some of the most stringent restrictions on  reproductive rights in the county.  We all remember 2012’s outright War on Virginia Women: attempts to…

Victory against “Personhood”…but the fight goes on!

Ladies and gentleman, We have a victory on our hands! And I’m not just talking about the election — although obviously, WE ARE PUMPED. But even considering the recent reelection of pro-choice President Obama (and of course the fact that Virginia  stayed blue), this victory is still pretty huge. Let’s start with some background. During…