Pro-choice on campus: George Mason University

By Elvira Razzano, Choice Out Loud intern at George Mason University  After our pro-choice student organization was forced to disband in the Spring of 2013 due to a low member turnout at meetings, I was motivated to build a coalition of pro-choice students at George Mason University. I was excited to join NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia…

Way to go, Virginia!

Approximately one week ago, Virginia awoke to the exciting news of Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam being elected as the next governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. As votes are still being counted in the attorney general race, news of Mark Herring pulling ahead has spread and as has the hope that Virginia has elected a…

Pro-Choice Candidate Profile: Jennifer Boysko, District 86

By Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy & Communications Intern  Jennifer Boysko is running against incumbent Tom Rust to represent Fairfax and Loudoun County District 86 in the Virginia House of Delegates. As a strong pro-choice candidate, Boysko is an avid supporter of Roe v. Wade and believes that access to contraception and a safe and legal…

2013 Power of Choice Recap

By Caitlin Bancroft, Legal Intern Earlier this week NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia held our third annual Power of Choice event. It was a great evening and a wonderful chance reflect, celebrate, and enjoy the company of fellow reproductive rights activists! We were very excited to have many pro-choice elected officials in attendance including: Delegate Mark Kean,…

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…

Outrageous: Virginia Board of Health approves dangerous TRAP regs

By Sandra Sanchez, Advocacy and Communications Intern In an 11 to 2 vote last Friday, the Virginia Board of Health bowed to pressure from Attorney General Cuccinelli and  approved targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP), burdensome regulations on women’s health centers which threaten to close the majority of Virginia abortion providers as early as 2014….

Pro-Choice Day of Action

Last Thursday, the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition held our annual statewide Pro-Choice Day of Action! This year we focused our advocacy efforts on two main issues. First, we advocated in support of  legislative efforts to implement Medicaid extension in the Virginia’s budget, which would ensure that an additional 400,000 Virginians have access to basic health care,…

Rally for Choice in Richmond: Happy 40th Anniversary Roe v. Wade!

Hello! My name is Sandra Sanchez and I am the new intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia! Yesterday I went to the Rally for Choice in Richmond. Yesterday marked the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision, which gave women the right to privacy when deciding to terminate a pregnancy. Yesterday, the…

Will Governor McDonnell listen?

By Staff Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is not known for looking out for the best interests of all Virginians. In little over a year he has rejected valuable funding that would help our youth make lifelong, healthy decisions restricted the ability of low-income women to access vital abortion care prevented women from using their own…

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,…

Pro-choice candidates will help stop an extreme agenda

By: Staff Yesterday, The Washington Post released their list of endorsed candidates for the Virginia state Senate races. We were pleased to see that many of The Post’s candidates were also on NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC’s list of endorsed pro-choice candidates: Delegate Adam Ebbin- Senate District 30 Barbara Favola- Senate District 31 Senator Janet Howell-…

Pro-choice champions under attack

By: Staff Just over a month away from the November 8 statewide election in Virginia, anti-choice politicians and groups are pulling out all the stops. Their ultimate goal – to take over the General Assembly and pursue an aggressive campaign to undermine women’s health. In Senate District 17 in Fredericksburg, long-time pro-choice champion Edd Houck…