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…

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…

Virginia: Great for business, terrible for women

By Brooke According to the Washington Post, Virginia has just been ranked the number one state for business. Governor McDonnell credited the awarding of this new ranking to “keeping taxes low, getting government spending under control, [and] having a strong right-to -work law.” In other words, freedom to run a business without unwarranted or unnecessary…

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…

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…

June Volunteer Orientation

By Brooke We would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who came out for our second quarterly volunteer orientation last night! Attendees ate delicious pizza and received a thorough review of the current status of reproductive rights in Virginia and in the US. We have seen so many attacks on women’s…

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…

The McDonnell Administration’s War on Virginia Women’s Health: By the Numbers

By Marissa The McDonnell administration recently released  a video entitled “The McDonnell Administration: By the Numbers,” which shows what the governor wants Virginians to know he has been up to since his inauguration. But he failed to mention his success in also stripping women of their access to reproductive healthcare. The governor’s office would have…