Virginia anti-abortion activists have made terrifying progress on their decades-long plan to outlaw abortion. With their Trumpian beliefs, Republican candidates in next week’s election have made their intentions to end abortion access clear. Candidates have even endorsed Texas’ six-week ‘bounty hunter’ abortion ban.
The Commonwealth of Virginia must remain steady in ensuring access to safe, legal abortion for years to come. Even as our opponents have pushed harsher abortion restrictions, de-funded essential community health centers and programs, and stacked the federal courts to ensure these policies stay in place, Virginians have seen our rights to reproductive health care access expand. The Democratic majority in the VA General Assembly and Governor Northam have been national leaders in expanding sexual and reproductive health care access. 79% of Virginians support access to safe, legal abortion - so there is much to be hopeful about.
But we need to take action now to protect abortion access in Virginia. We need community members like you to prevent Virginia from going back to a time when patients seeking abortion had to go through an obstacle course of restrictions including mandatory waiting times and medically unnecessary ultrasounds. It is up to us to make sure that candidates who oppose abortion access do not have the opportunity to pass a Texas-style ban here in Virginia. Across the Commonwealth, we must take action together to defeat Republican House of Delegates candidates who want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
We must talk about, volunteer for, and vote for candidates who have explicitly expressed their desire to protect the reproductive rights of all people. It is these candidates who will fight to ensure that safe, legal access to abortion and reproductive health care services will remain protected and accessible to all in Virginia.
Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia
Dr. Laura Meyers, Co-CEO Planned Parenthood Advocates for DC, Maryland & NoVa