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Letter to the Editor, Feb. 6, 2020: Reader balks at phrases used in 'Vexit' editorial

Feb. 5, 2020 • Richmond Times Dispatch

While I agree with the general premise of the editorial that ran recently dismissing “Vexit,” I was disappointed with the assertion that Virginians have been “blindsided by the array of liberal legislation." This couldn't be further from the truth.

This past November, Virginia voters endorsed change by voting for legislators who campaigned on protecting reproductive rights and passing commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 82% of Virginians believe the decision to end a pregnancy should be made by the woman with the support of those she loves and trusts — not by the Virginia General Assembly.

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I also take umbrage at the author's inclusion of the phrase “late-term abortion" in this session's litany of "liberal" laws. The reproductive health legislation advancing is supported by a majority of Virginians and repeals medically unnecessary barriers to accessing abortion care. The bill does not address, or even impact, statute related to abortion later in pregnancy, as this editorial implies. If anything, the current restrictions on abortion make it increasingly difficult to make medical decisions earlier in pregnancy. Removing these barriers allows people to access care early, when care has the lowest risk of complications.

Jamie Lockhart.

Executive Director,

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia & Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC.


Posted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Inc.

Gynotician Alert: Oklahoma Legislator Tells Women ‘You’re a Host,’ Pennsylvania Considers 20-Week Ban, Virginia Governor Vetoes ‘Defunding’ Bill

March 2, 2017

"after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in." 

Posted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Tell the Virginia Board of Health: Stop Sham Restrictions

May 31, 2016

Help us fight back against politically motivated abortion restrictions! Submit a public comment in support of amendments to the Virginia Board of Health.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Inc.

About 200,000 Convicted Felons in Virginia Will Now Have the Right to Vote in November

April 22, 2016 • The Washington Post

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a decision to allow convicted felons to vote ahead of elections in November. Here's how the executive order works and why it has lead to a legal fight.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Inc.

Zubik v. Burwell: The Birth Control Case That Continues What Hobby Lobby Started

March 23, 2016 • PP Action Blog

The Court will decide whether all of the more than 55 million women nationwide who now have access to no-copay birth control will retain that hard-won benefit - or if certain bosses can, once and for all, take away employees' access.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

5 Unforgettable Moments of this Week's Abortion Access Rally at the Supreme Court

March 3, 2016 • PP Action Blog

More than 3,000 reproductive rights advocates from around the country rallied outside the Supreme Court while Justices heard oral arguments in the case that will determine a womanâ

Posted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Infographic: Why The Supreme Court Case on Texas' Clinic Shutdown Law Is So Important

Feb. 23, 2016 • PP Action Blog

Visual learner? See exactly why Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt is the biggest abortion access case in decades.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund

How Abortion Opponents Secretly Bought a Virginia Abortion Clinic to Deceive Women

Feb. 4, 2016 • The Washington Post

When women dial the real abortion clinic that closed, the call is forwarded to a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" to lure women there instead.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund

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