Justin Fairfax is our Hero

Hero or Zero?
August 11

Welcome to Progress Virginia’s Zero or Hero, a weekly, unapologetically progressive take on this week’s heroes and zeros in Virginia politics. Check out this space every Friday, and Tweet us or post to our Facebook to nominate your own heroes and zeros.

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Hero Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Justin Fairfax: “Facts are not Attacks.”

Justin Fairfax and Jill Vogel met on the campaign trail at the Senior Statesmen of Virginia Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum (full video is here). Democratic Justin Fairfax delivered one of our favorite lines this campaign season—so far.

While debating a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare, Fairfax rightfully brought up the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill that Vogel championed as a Virginia state senator. This bill would require women to receive an ultrasound—most often a transvaginal ultrasound— before getting an abortion. It’s an invasive bullshit law designed to intimidate women into not getting an abortion.

Vogel wasn’t happy about that, accusing Fairfax of “attacking” her. So he dropped our favorite line of the debate—“facts are not attacks.” (Drop the mic, Justin.)

Bob’s a Zero; Danica’s a Hero

One of our favorite campaigns this year is a woman running for the House of Delegates in the 13th District of Virginia. It’d be easy to define Democrat Danica Roem by her gender identity (she’s a transgender woman), but that’s not why she’s running for office. Roem wants to talk about transportation, jobs, schools – and, yes, equality.

Her opponent, Bob Marshall, spends his time in the House of Delegates fighting against equality, trying to introduce bills based on hatred and discrimination against our friends and neighbors. That makes Bob a Zero, and Danica our Hero.

The Family Foundation: Anti-Woman Zero

The Family Foundation went to court today in Henrico County. Wait, let’s get more specific. The Family Foundation, a notoriously anti-woman, anti-women’s health, anti-LGBT organization, went to court this week.

They filed a lawsuit against the McAuliffe administration claiming that the Board of Health failed to follow proper procedure in repealing the TRAP laws (the laws that put up sham regulations on abortion clinics—like how many water fountains and parking spaces clinics should have—to close clinics down. Despite a recent Supreme Court decision making these laws unconstitutional, the Family Foundation is persisting in its attacks on a woman’s right to decide how to raise and create her family. Ah, the irony.

We and our awesome partners at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, and NLIRH Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VA LAN) are fighting hard to ensure a fair ruling that can get these sham restrictions off the books once and for all.