Virginia Women Trapped by Board of Health Decision

Hi Everyone: My name is Alena Yarmosky and I am the new Advocacy & Communications Manager with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.  I joined the NARAL VA team two weeks ago, and have loved getting to know all of our amazing volunteers and supporters. I look forward to working with you all in the coming weeks and…

The anti-choice attacks continue

We’re one week out from Virginia’s 2011 statewide elections, and the anti-choice attacks continue. National anti-choice organizations are focused on attacking state Senator Edd Houck (Senate District 17), and they’re using outrageous smears about Planned Parenthood and other women’s healthcare providers to do it, including racially-charged attacks that disrespect black women’s reproductive decisions. As we told you last week,…

Freedom doesn’t come free…

By Leigh Last week, we saw that, according to a George Mason University Mercatus Center study entitled, “Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom,” Virginia is the ninth overall freest state in the nation. Furthermore, it is the fifth in economic freedom and 22nd in personal freedom. In the article,…

Playing Politics with Women’s Health

Two months ago, at the request of anti-choice legislators Bob Marshall and Ralph Smith, Attorney General Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion stating the Virginia Board of Health has the power to impose stricter regulations on first-trimester abortion providers. Fast forward to the end of September: the Manassas City Council, rather than dealing with pressing city…

Board of Health meeting

Last Friday, October 15, the Virginia Board of Health met for the first time since A.G. Cuccinelli’s August opinion concerning increased regulation of abortion clinics.  The opinion called for the governor-appointed Board to impose more stringent regulations on first-trimester abortion providers–despite the fact they are already regulated by the Board of Medicine, the Board of…

40 Days of Intolerance

September 22, 2010, marked the start of “40 Days for Life,” an international anti-abortion campaign designed to harass women and end access to abortion.  The self-proclaimed “community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion” has taken place six times since 2007 and involves participants from all 50 states, Canada, Northern Ireland, Denmark, England…

A Worst Case Scenario: It Could Happen Here (Action Alert!)

Using lawn care standards to limit access to reproductive health care? They’ve done it before. In recent years, anti-choice lawmakers in states such as South Carolina have used strategic laws to attack abortion providers and restrict women’s abortion access. These laws include everything from mandates that facilities have hallways wide enough for two gurneys to…