Richmond, Virginia—Today, dozens of abortion access supporters gathered at the Capitol to demand that members of the House of Delegates take an up-or-down vote on SJ255, a constitutional amendment that would establish a fundamental right to reproductive freedom, including abortion access, without interference from the government. Shortly after the rally, members of the House of Delegates […]
House Democrats Attempt To Force A Vote On Constitutional Amendment for Reproductive Freedom
Richmond, Virginia—Today in the House of Delegates, Delegate Marcus Simon introduced a resolution, HR323, to change to the House rules that would allow members to take an up-or-down vote on SJ255, a constitutional amendment that would establish a fundamental right to reproductive freedom, including abortion access, without interference from the government. Because House Republicans have […]
Republicans Say No Abortion, and No Contraception Too
Richmond, Virginia—Republican members of the House Commerce and Energy Subcommittee #4 voted last night to reject HB2089, better known as the Contraceptive Equity Act. The bill would have made it easier for everyone who needs it to access birth control by requiring insurance companies to cover birth control without cost sharing. This is already federal law, […]
Republicans Reject Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing Right to Reproductive Freedom
Richmond, Virginia—Republican members of the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #1 rejected Delegate Charniele Herring’s HJ519, a constitutional amendment that would have guaranteed a fundamental right to reproductive freedom in Virginia. It’s disappointing but not surprising that these largely white, Republican men would reject the amendment, but we will keep working to ensure that everyone can […]
Republicans Want To Ban Abortion In Virginia
by Ashleigh Crocker Well, we’ve known this was coming since Roe fell in June. Republicans in Virginia are trying to ban abortion in Virignia. Tomorrow, the Health Professions Subcommittee of the Senate Education and Health Committee will hear two bills and a resolution that would ban abortion. Everyone, everywhere, all the time, should be able […]
Advocates for Abortion Access “Will Not Stop Fighting” For Our Rights
Video footage of the event can be found here. Richmond, Virginia—In the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade and along with it nearly 50 years of precedent, advocates for abortion access held a press conference to say that abortion is still legal in Virginia and […]
Can We Get A Heck Yeah For Healthcare?
I don’t know about you, but I’m still basking in the glow of numerous midterm victories in Virginia. It is amazing how many people came up to me after the election simply saying, “Can you believe how much we won??” Yes, I can. And chances are, you can too because you know how many of […]
If Virginians Want Affordable Healthcare, Why Does Dave Brat Vote To Take It Away?
There’s no doubt about it. Virginians want affordable healthcare. Residents of the Commonwealth made their voices heard during the 2017 General Assembly elections by voting for candidates who promised to bring Medicaid expansion to the state. Those candidates delivered on their campaign promise when Governor Northam signed the budget in June, giving access to affordable […]
Trump’s healthcare sabotage is really bad for Virginia
Good news, Virginia! We finally expanded Medicaid. I’m just gonna let you soak in that glory for a second. Ok. Now, I have some bad news for you. It’s about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Health insurance premiums are poised to skyrocket next year in Virginia. Why? Because of the Trump administration’s efforts to sabotage […]
25 years later, my mom’s union button is still relevant. Virginians need healthcare.
When I was a kid, my mom would go to work at Giant in Woodbridge wearing a red smock covered in buttons, demonstrating pride in her job and support for her union. At the beginning of 1993, she donned a new button that read, “Tell Hillary you want what I got: decent healthcare.” When my […]