NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Blog recent posts
You Don’t Own Me (And here’s to the politicians that get it)
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:51:18 +0000
By Nicole Grim 365 days ago, the Supreme Court ruled on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – and it feels just like yesterday. I had so many nerves, so many feelings of relief, of joy, of pride when the decision was announced— I’ll never forget how it felt, but it’s near impossible to put into...
Reproductive Justice is LGBT Justice
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:55:26 +0000
by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s Charlottesville Organizing Fellow Existing in any space as a queer disabled woman often garners a lot of questions.  Some of them – “what does queer actually mean” or “when did you start identifying as disabled”- are educational moments I relish having the opportunity to answer. Others- “are you actually disabled if...
I’m Running on Ralph
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:03:46 +0000
By Stephanie Fewsmith, NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA volunteer “Hi there, my name is Stephanie and I’m a volunteer with Ralph Northam’s campaign. How are you today?” Over the last several weeks I have started many conversations this way. Many of them are short and sweet, some of them turn into a longer discussion. One of them...
Celebrating The Power of Choice
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:32:19 +0000
Last Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia celebrated our 15 years of work to protect and advance reproductive freedom in Virginia and honored those who have made an outstanding impact on our mission at the 7th annual Power of Choice Gala. The event brought together over 200 pro-choice activists and supporters to celebrate the progress we’ve made...
Power of Choice 2017: Award Recipients
Thu, 04 May 2017 19:38:05 +0000
At this year’s Power of Choice event, we’ll be celebrating NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s 15th anniversary year, hearing from all three of our pro-choice statewide elected officials, and coming together to support the hard work we have ahead for reproductive freedom!We also take this chance each year to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond...
When it Comes to Virginia Politics, Trust Virginians
Tue, 02 May 2017 17:45:27 +0000
by Anna Malinowski, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Charlottesville Organizing Fellow Do you know that a lot of Presidents were born in Virginia? Eight, to be exact. That’s the most of any state. If you grew up in Virginia, you probably knew that. In fact, you’ve probably been to at least two of their houses for school...
Campus Update: UMW Students Launch Conversation on Reproductive Health
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:26:02 +0000
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia works with students across the Commonwealth to change the dialogue about abortion and reproductive health care and build a new generation of reproductive health advocates. Below, Caroline Flynn, Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s University of Mary Washington chapter wrote about what the newest group of student organizers have been up to...
Combatting Silence, One Positive Presence at a Time
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:19:38 +0000
Every Saturday for the past few months, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists and volunteers have been setting their alarms, waking up early, donning hats, coats, and gloves, and heading over to the Falls Church Women’s Health Clinic. Why? The Falls Church Women’s Health Clinic attracts anti-choice protesters determined to shame, stigmatize, and terrify women heading into...
What Happens when Our Activists Knock Doors in an Anti-Choice Senator’s Neighborhood?
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:36:45 +0000
This past Saturday, our team trekked over 4 hours (hello, 95 traffic) down to Henrico for a day well spent knocking doors in the district of our infamous OB-GYN state Senator, Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12) with flyers and yard signs in tow. Why would we spend our weekend traveling 200+ miles, you say? Senator Siobhan Dunnavant,...
Guest Post: After the 2017 General Assembly, I’m more fired up than ever
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:19 +0000
This February, I had the opportunity to join NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for my first ever legislative session in Richmond. We focused primarily on two bills: HB 2264, which would allow the state of Virginia to defund Planned Parenthood and HB 2267, to ensure women in the Commonwealth can receive up to 12 months of oral...

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