Alexandria, Va.NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to endorse reproductive rights champion Delegate Debra Rodman who is running in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 12th Senate District.

Delegate Rodman has made access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare one of her top priorities as a member of the House of Delegates and we are certain she will do the same in the state Senate. During her first two sessions in the House of Delegates, Delegate Rodman patroned legislation to repeal medically unnecessary barriers imposed by politicians in Richmond between women and their reproductive health care, such as mandatory ultrasounds. She understands the critical need to put patients first and protect access to high-quality, compassionate health care for all Virginians that respects their rights and their dignity.

Senator Dunnavant, who currently represents Senate District 12, is an OBGYN who does not support a woman’s right to make her own personal health care decisions. Full stop.

“NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to endorse Delegate Rodman for state Senate because she has a strong record of standing up and fighting for women and families across Virginia” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Now that anti-choice, anti-birth control Senator Siobhan Dunnavant’s allies have revealed their real agenda – to ban abortion and criminalize women – it is all the more critical than ever that we elect Delegate Rodman to replace her.”

“As member of the Senate Education and Health Committee, Senator Dunnavant has repeatedly voted against proactive measures that would expand access to contraception and abortion for Virginia women. Most recently,  Dunnavant attacked funding for Virginia’s Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Pilot Program designed to help many of the most vulnerable, low-income women in Virginia have access to affordable birth control. LARCs are proven to be the most effective form of birth control to directly decrease unplanned pregnancies, yet Senator Dunnavant chooses to ignore the data and instead led an effort in the state Senate to end this program,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

“Fortunately, we have the opportunity to replace her with Delegate Rodman, who shares the values of the majority – 72%- of Virginians who believe that a woman should have the ability to make her own personal reproductive healthcare decisions, including access to safe, legal abortion care, without interference from politicians. And at this critical juncture in Virginia, we need her leadership in the state Senate,” commented Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

“I am thrilled to earn NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s endorsement” said Delegate Debra Rodman. “With Roe v. Wade hanging by a tenuous thread and the recent vicious, coordinated attacks on reproductive health care across our country, the stakes could not be higher for Virginians. We are now witnessing politicians pass outright bans on abortion access in state legislatures across the country that are explicitly designed to overturn Roe v. Wade. As a member of the state Senate, I will continue to stand up and fight for Virginia woman and families. I will not let anti-choice politicians in Virginia wage attacks on our rights or launch vicious disinformation campaigns that threaten women and doctors. Senate District 12 needs a representative who knows bodily autonomy is our constitutional right and is prepared to fight tooth and nail to protect it.”

Del. Rodman’s primary opponent, Veena Lothe, received a 100% score on NPCV PAC’s uncompromising candidate questionnaire. If elected, we are confident that she would be a strong advocate for reproductive freedom in the General Assembly. We look forward to working with her in the future.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and its PAC support candidates who are dedicated to family planning, preventing unplanned pregnancy, and increasing access to reproductive healthcare for women and families.  The organization’s powerful statewide network of 22,000 activists will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect pro-choice candidates in November.

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