Celebrating the Summer of Choice

By Autumn Reinhardt Simpson I really do have to hand it to my husband. He’s suffered through so much just to make me happy. He’s tagged along to death row, opened our house to unknown Japanese protesters and supported me in all my endeavors, however foreign to him. This past weekend found him accompanying me…

Senator Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax

Welcome back to our new, regular blog series, Virginia Political Pro(choice)files. In this segment, we highlight Virginia’s state politicians who support and fight for women’s reproductive rights while also drawing attention to politicians who are working to undermine the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. To see how all General Assembly members stacked up in…

Senator Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk

Welcome back to our new, regular blog series, Virginia Political Pro(choice)files. In this segment, we highlight Virginia’s state politicians who support and fight for women’s reproductive rights while also drawing attention to politicians who are working to undermine the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. To see how all General Assembly members stacked up in…

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,…

Senator Edward Houck

Welcome back to our new, regular blog series, Virginia Political Pro(choice)files. In this segment, we highlight Virginia’s state politicians who support and fight for women’s reproductive rights while also drawing attention to politicians who are working to undermine the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. To see how all General Assembly members stacked up…

The Dangers of Putting Politics before Women’s Health

By Brooke Inevitably, the polarizing nature of the abortion debate has the potential to harm women seeking basic gynecological services. This is currently the case in Hampton Roads, Virginia as health department officials struggle to make a decision on the licensing of new operating rooms at a Planned Parenthood health center. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch…

EC not easy to access

By Rahul NARAL Pro Choice America’s “BC4ME” campaign is bringing attention to the fact that over 30 million women in the US need access to birth control and one in three of those women struggles with the high cost of prescription birth control. After an experience with birth control in the US, I wanted to…

Reproductive Rights in the News: In Case You Missed It

By Brooke Here are some quick reproductive rights highlights featured in the news recently: • A Mother Jones article by Kate Sheppard talks about the new TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws in Kansas, which are similar to those recently passed in Virginia. In the article, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia executive director Tarina Keene notes…

Summer Intern Series: Sex & Politics in the Capital City

By Brooke This summer, Advocates for Youth, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, Choice USA and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), along with partner organizations are holding a series of lunchtime talks for DC-area interns working for organizations with similar goals. The first in this series of lunches was called, “Reproductive Justice…

“Power of Choice” Recap

By Leigh Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, host committee, volunteers and attendees who made Saturday’s inaugural “Power of Choice” event a great success. Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies, Delegate David Englin, D-Alexandria, award winners, Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, and Karin Kirchoff and our guest speaker Jennifer Baumgardner for taking part in…

Turning the Tide for Women’s Health

By Leigh A recent poll in Politico shows 79 percent of adults in the U.S. “feel Congress has focused too much on abortion and not enough on things like preventive care, reproductive health and expanding access to birth control.” This seems like promising statistic for women’s health in our country. However, the poll also revealed…

Mapping choice in the Commonwealth

By Joey TBD’s Amanda Hess just published a piece about NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s 2011 Legislative Scorecard. In the piece, she includes a handy-dandy map so you can see where the allies of reproductive health are throughout the state.