Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Virginia— Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund-endorsed candidates Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Jennifer Wexton won their re-elections for the U.S. House of Representatives. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia congratulates them on their hard-earned victories.

As this election proved, voters want elected officials who are bold champions for abortion access. Reps. Spanberger and Wexton put abortion rights at the forefront of their campaigns, talking about their commitment to protecting abortion access on the campaign trail, running ads focused on reproductive freedom, and proudly standing up for our rights. 

In Congress, Rep. Wexton co-sponsored and Rep. Spanberger voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act to restore abortion rights at the federal level. Both congresswomen have been fierce advocates for Virginians' reproductive health and rights. Since the Supreme Court ended our federal constitutional right to abortion, these champions have proven critical in the fight to protect and restore our rights and stop further attacks on abortion. According to a recent Roanoke College poll, 88% of Virginians feel that abortion should be legal under some or all circumstances. 

Reps. Wexton and Spanberger defeated Republican anti-abortion candidates Hung Cao and Yesli Vega, respectively. Cao made his anti-abortion views clear, stating that he believes that life “begins at conception,” echoing the language used by State Sen. Amanda Chase in introducing her total abortion ban. Yesli Vega went so far as to question the ability of women to become pregnant due to rape in her opposition to abortion rights. The voters of Virginia clearly rejected these anti-abortion sentiments. 

While it appears Rep. Elaine Luria will come up short in her bid for re-election, she overperformed in a tough district post-redistricting and in the face of historic headwinds. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia thanks Rep. Luria for her service and for championing reproductive rights in Congress and on the campaign trail.

Statement from Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia: 

“Reproductive freedom proved to be one of the defining issues in Virginia this election. Virginians re-elected abortion rights champions Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton, further proving that we won’t back down when politicians try to come for our rights. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia will continue to fight for reproductive freedom for all Virginians, no matter what, and we’re excited to continue to work with Reps. Spanberger and Wexton.

The threat to abortion access in Virginia is not theoretical – it is real, and we must keep fighting like hell to protect our rights. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia will ensure that abortion rights remain top-of-mind for everyone, including legislators entering the 2023 General Assembly Session and voters casting ballots in next year’s legislative races, which will dictate the state of reproductive rights in Virginia.“


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) is a statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to preserve and broaden access to reproductive health care through legislation, public education, electoral activity and litigation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PPAV works to ensure that individuals and families have the freedom, information, and ability to make their own informed reproductive choices.



This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.