Richmond, VA – Today, in a joint statement, leaders from Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC and Vote Pro-Choice announced their latest investments in a general election campaign aimed at blocking an abortion ban from taking hold in Virginia. Together, the groups plan to spend a combined $2M on field, digital, and mail tactics to support candidates campaigning on protections for reproductive freedom and abortion care. Polling released today by Data for Progress found that likely voters in competitive legislative districts in Virginia do not trust Republican leadership on the issue of abortion and believe politicians should not interfere with a patient’s private medical decisions.
Battleground districts across the state are major priorities in the weeks leading up to Election Day, including in campaigns for Senate Districts 16, 22, 24, 27, and 31, as well as House Districts 21, 22, 57, 58, 65, 82, 84, and 97.
This 2 million dollar program includes almost $700,000 in field efforts, over $300,000 in mail, and substantial digital investments, including Vote Pro-Choice’s voter guide, across critical battleground districts.
Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC:
“When it comes to their reproductive rights, Virginians trust Planned Parenthood and know they can’t trust Glenn Youngkin. Glenn Youngkin told us what he will do if he has an anti-abortion legislature after this election: he will ban abortion. And we know he won’t stop at 15 weeks. Governor Youngkin has made clear that he will sign any piece of anti-abortion legislation that makes it to his desk. This ban he is arguing for is just the beginning. We need to ensure that these deeply personal decisions stay between a patient and their provider, not politicians.
That's why we're expending all possible resources to ensure that Virginians know which candidates will defend their rights and ensure their access to reproductive health care here in Virginia. It is our responsibility to ensure Virginia voters know that these anti-abortion extremists will stop at nothing to take away their rights. We have to make sure they don’t have that opportunity.”
Sara Tabatabaie, Chief Political Officer for Vote Pro-Choice:
“We’re not surprised to see Glenn Youngkin, alongside other Virginia MAGA Republicans, lying about their real intentions to have politicians interfere in our own personal healthcare decisions and ban all abortion if they take power. Their newest ad even features John Stirrup, who was caught behind closed doors supporting a 100% total abortion ban.
“That’s why we need to vote for Democratic candidates who will protect our reproductive freedom from government interference.”
Voters can review the candidates receiving support of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and Vote Pro-Choice, as well as several other organizations endorsing in this election, by visiting www.voteprochoice.us/voter-guide