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Candidate for Virginia Governor

I remind all women in the Commonwealth of Virginia that a group of legislators, most of whom are men, shouldn’t be telling women what they should and shouldn’t do with their bodies.

 — Ralph Northam

Source: Washington Post

Ralph Northam has served as lieutenant governor under Gov. Terry McAuliffe since 2013 and he is now running to serve Virginians as their governor. A former Army doctor, pediatric neurologist and state senator, Northam has an extensive track record of working to expand access to affordable birth control, protecting safe and legal abortion, and defending Planned Parenthood health care services.

As governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam will continue to lead as a staunch supporter of women’s access to health care, including reproductive health care.


Ralph Northam on the Issues

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Expanding Access to Affordable Birth Control

“This is all about educating and empowering women to decide when and if they become pregnant. When women have access to this contraception, they choose on their own time when to start a family.”

— Ralph Northam

As lieutenant governor, Northam has pushed to increase access to birth control for women in Virginia. For years, Northam advocated to implement a program — modeled after a successful one piloted in Colorado — to provide education, support, and contraception to Virginia women. In Colorado, the program led to a 40 percent decline in the teenage pregnancy rate.

In 2016 and 2017, Lt. Gov. Northam and Gov. McAuliffe proposed a $9 million grant to implement such a program, which would cover long-lasting birth control, like IUDs, for women with little to no health insurance. The grant would have also covered education and outreach to women, and training for clinicians.

Unfortunately, extreme politicians of the Virginia state House blocked funding for the program both times.

If elected governor, Northam will continue the fight for more accessible and affordable birth control for the women of the commonwealth.

Protecting Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

“As a physician I …. understand as well as anybody the sacred relationship between a patient and their doctor. The last thing we need in Richmond is legislators interfering with that sacred relationship.”

— Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam is credited with leading the fight against a 2012 bill that required women to get a transvaginal ultrasound.

Calling the bill a “tremendous insult to women and their reproductive rights,” Northam, a former physician, consulted with medical experts to determine that such a bill would in fact require women to undergo a transvaginal probe.

Northam saw the bill for what it was: an “imposing and unnecessary mandate….interfering with the doctor-patient relationship.” After raising this on the Senate floor, it led to so much outrage that the transvaginal requirement was eventually dropped.

Unfortunately the unnecessary ultrasound requirement was still enacted by a majority of legislators, which is why we need a governor like Ralph Northam to veto such attacks on women’s health.

During his time in the state Senate, Northam also opposed legislation that would have cut funding for low-income women seeking abortion care for non-viable fetuses, calling it one of “the most inhumane pieces of legislation.”

Northam has also proposed legislation to regulate crisis pregnancy centers — fake, anti-abortion organizations, which often lie and shame women about their options regarding pregnancy while posing as a medical facility. The proposed legislation would have required facilities to post a notice on the door saying it is not a health-care center, and to register with the Department of Health.

He also opposed burdensome and medically unnecessary (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) TRAP legislation, which subjected Virginia abortion clinics to the same regulations as hospitals.

Gov. McAuliffe was able to reduce the burden of TRAP laws from limiting abortion access, but Northam’s opponent, Ed Gillespie, has said that he will try and restore these regulations.

Stands With Planned Parenthood

“Any healthcare program worth its weight needs to include Planned Parenthood funding”

— Ralph Northam

As a state senator, Northam had a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, and he was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia when he ran for lieutenant governor.

If elected governor, Northam will be a champion for all Virginians. He will protect access to Planned Parenthood health care services and protect a woman’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia endorsed Ralph Northam for governor.


Election Day:

November 7th, 2017

Deadline to update your address or register to vote:

October 16, 2017

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