The launch of a new campaign to take on Gov. McDonnell

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Virginia’s Governor McDonnell is moving onto the national stage as the new chair of the Republican Governor’s Association. According to Politico: [Texas Governor Rick Perry will] be joined by Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, who will replace him as chairman of the Republican Governors Association — a perch that is all but guaranteed…

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…

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…

Summer Intern Series Part 2: 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. In yesterday’s third segment of Sex & Politics in theCapitalCity, the topic was…

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…

Fake “clinics” in the Commonwealth

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia On Tuesday night, the nationwide “crisis pregnancy center” (CPC) tour made its final stop in Richmond, Virginia. NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation  and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU were pleased to host this screening of 12th & Delaware. After watching the film, which…

Couple-Focused Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics

By Leigh The Guttmacher Institute recently released a study entitled, “Couple-Focused Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics: Identifying the Need, 2009.” In sifting through the sixty-nine page report, I learned it essentially states that both males and females are interested in receiving counseling on family planning and birth control, but that clinic administrators often…

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…

Reproductive Rights in the News: Week of June 6

By Brooke Here are some quick highlights from reproductive rights in the news this week: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/economy-dominates-gathering-of-social-conservatives-20110604 This post in the National Journal highlights the speakers at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, DC last weekend. As expected, many conservative politicians spoke out on social issues, attempting to garner support from the religious right. Politicians…

“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…