Breaking: Statement on draft abortion regulations

Today reminds us just how far we still have to go for women’s equality in the United States. While we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, women’s equal access to comprehensive health care is in danger. Late this afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health issued a draft of new regulations on women’s health centers in Virginia. Be…

Decisions are made by those who show up

By Tannis Today, August 26, is the 30th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. This is a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Nearly a century has passed since then and a great deal has changed in the landscape…

Update: Draft abortion regulations to be released tomorrow

The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports today that “a draft of emergency Virginia Department of Health regulations that could effectively force the closure of most of the state’s abortion clinics is expected to be made public Friday, a week ahead of schedule.” As readers are aware by now, these new regulations come after abortion opponents used political…

Thank Delegate Hope for being a leader for women’s health

We don’t always get to share good news on this blog, but today we have some! Yesterday, we learned that the Virginia Department of Corrections will issue a ban on the shackling of pregnant inmates in Virginia. This success for women’s health is due in large part to the consistent efforts of Delegate Patrick Hope,…

We must continue to stand up for women’s health

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia As we wrote yesterday, women’s health centers in Virginia will soon be subject to new, politically-motivated regulations. An article in yesterday’s Chesterfield Observer further discussed the upcoming new regulations: Senate Bill 924 passed the General Assembly earlier this year, requiring all health facilities that perform five or more first trimester abortions…

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…

He’s back: Dick Black epitomizes anti-choice candidates

We know that women’s health is in jeopardy across the US and in Virginia. Our state General Assembly, along with Governor Bob McDonnell’s administration and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, are working hard to roll back reproductive rights for the women of Virginia. Instead of looking forward, we are forced to look back. And when we…

Three ways to help keep Virginia women out of an anti-choice TRAP

Governor McDonnell and his allies in the General Assembly wage a continuous campaign to undermine access to comprehensive reproductive health care for Virginia women. That is why we are working with the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health to stop the McDonnell Administration from playing politics with women’s lives. Be sure to read our latest…

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…

The Unintended Consequences of the Hyde Amendment

By Brooke A new article from Jezebel entitled “Shockingly, Free And More Effective Birth Control Leads To Fewer Abortions,” highlights a study that points out an unexpected and unfortunate consequence of the Hyde Amendment. Because of the Hyde Amendment, Medicaid can provide absolutely no funds to a woman seeking an abortion. According to Dr. Paula…

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…