Alexandria, Va.– NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to endorse reproductive rights champion Delegate Hala Ayala, who represents Virginia’s 51st House District.

Before and after being elected to the House of Delegates in 2017, Delegate Hala Ayala has stood up and stood strong for reproductive health and rights. She represents 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.

“NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to endorse Delegate Hala Ayala, who is a staunch defender of and advocate for reproductive freedom in Virginia. Delegate Ayala will never stop standing up and fighting for women and families in the 51st House district and across the Commonwealth.  At this pivotal moment in history when we can no longer count on the courts to protect our reproductive rights, we need Delegate Ayala’s leadership in the General Assembly to protect and expand access to safe, legal, affordable abortion care in our Commonwealth. In 2012, her opponent led an effort to ban abortion at 20 weeks, aiming to chip away at Roe v. Wade, and get close to his ultimate goal of outlawing abortion outright” said Tarina Keene, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

I’m honored to be endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and will continue my commitment to protecting a woman’s ability to decide her own destiny and ensure she has access to the reproductive healthcare she needs,” said Delegate Ayala. “Across the country and here in Virginia, we know that anti-choice Republicans are no longer pretending to respect women and families—they are revealing their true agenda: to ban abortion and criminalize women and doctors, and with Roe v. Wade hanging by a tenuous thread, it is more important than ever to safeguard our reproductive freedoms.  Anti-choice politicians have demonstrated that they are willing to continue overstepping their role, and women and families deserve access to reproductive healthcare that is free from political interference. We need to trust a woman to make her own personal medical decisions that are best for her and her family.”

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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