Anti-choice groups’ campaign efforts remind us what’s at stake for choice on November 8

Yesterday we told you about focused efforts by anti-choice political organizations opposing pro-choice Senator Edd Houck in Fredericksburg.

In similar news today, we hear that two pro-choice state Senators in the Hampton Roads area are also being targeted by organized anti-choice campaign efforts. Last weekend, Senator Mamie Locke of Hampton was met by anti-choice demonstrators outside her church. Senator Ralph Northam, who we told you about in one of our pro-choice candidate spotlights last week, is also the subject of anti-choice signs being driven around on cars through the 6th Senate District in Norfolk and the Eastern Shore.

It’s another reminder of how important November 8th’s election is for reproductive freedom, particularly when it comes to state Senate races. Despite many anti-choice candidates’ public focus on other topics and persistent claims that this election isn’t about “social issues,” it’s clear what’s going on behind the scenes. These candidates and the anti-choice political machine that supports them want to tip the balance in the Senate with the express purpose of getting more legislation that attacks women’s rights and health onto Governor McDonnell’s desk. And with just one or two more votes in the state Senate, they could do just that.

Get out and vote pro-choice on Tuesday, November 8th, and make sure your friends, family and neighbors do the same! For more information on the election, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC’s endorsed candidates, and how you can get involved in these last days before Election Day, visit our website.

Why Pro-Choice Votes are so Important

By Brooke

At the York Democratic Banquet on May 14th, Delegate Robin Abbott, D-Newport News and Senator Mamie Locke, D-Hampton discussed the importance of Democrats supporting reproductive rights in Virginia. This comes in the wake of bans on private insurance coverage of abortion care and new, unwarranted regulations on abortion providers during the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session. Both could severely undercut Virginia women’s access to safe, legal and vital reproductive health care. Some Virginia Democrats attribute this painful loss for women’s health advocates directly to the anti-choice votes of Democratic Senators, Charles Colgan, D-Prince William and Phillip Puckett, D-Russell. If just one of these senators voted with their party, both measures would have failed. As Delegate Abbott stated at the banquet, “I feel like we’ve stepped back 40 years and we need to work hard to turn this trend back around.”

It is clear that the way our state elected officials vote has a direct impact on continued access to reproductive healthcare. To find out more about how your legislators voted on reproductive choice issues during this year’s session, be sure to check out our 2011 Legislative Scorecard. Let’s be sure to thank our allies and let those who oppose comprehensive reproductive health care for Virginia women know how we feel as well.