“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.”
Dr. 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, Dr. Ralph Northam will continue to lead as a staunch supporter of women’s access to health care, including expanding access to affordable birth control and protecting access to safe, legal abortion.
As Lieutenant Governor, Northam:
Proposed a $9M grant to implement a program to provide education, support, and contraception to Virginia women with little to no health insurance.
Fought against a 2012 bill that required women to get a transvaginal ultrasound — a medically unnecessary mandate interfering with the doctor-patient relationship.
Opposed burdensome and medically unnecessary Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) legislation.
If elected governor, Dr. 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.