Alexandria, Va.NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to endorse Shelia Bynum-Coleman in Virginia’s 66th House District and end Speaker Kirk Cox’s 29-years of working to advance an anti-abortion, anti-woman legislative agenda that jeopardizes the safety and health of Virginia women.

Shelia Bynum-Coleman received an 100% score on NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC’s candidate questionnaire and supports protecting access to reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth.

Shelia Bynum-Coleman is a mother of five and has made access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare one of her top campaign priorities. Shelia understands how access to reproductive healthcare, or lack thereof, impacts people around the Commonwealth and within her own community. Shelia trusts a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions in consultation with her doctor and recognizes how critical it is to stand up for the most underserved populations within our communities and ensure they have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services without the inference from politicians like her opponent, Speaker Cox.

“Shelia Bynum-Coleman knows that her opponent’s anti-choice, anti-woman, legislative agenda only serves to harm women and families and that his real agenda is to ban abortion outright and criminalize women and doctors,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Speaker Cox’s support for the TRAP law in 2012, which proved to have nothing to do with a woman’s health and safety and everything to do with a political ideology, put his true intentions to shutdown women’s healthcare centers on display.”

“Earlier this year, Speaker Cox led a dangerous disinformation campaign that mischaracterized abortion care and lead to death threats of members of the House of Delegates just to score political points and try to maintain control of the chamber,” commented Tarina Keene. “Speaker Cox is no longer pretending to respect women and families—but instead has revealed his true agenda: to ban abortion and criminalize Virginia women.  On November 5, his hateful and dangerous rhetoric must come to an end and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will be putting its full grassroots power on the ground to ensure his defeat.  It is more critical than ever that voters elect Shelia Bynum-Coleman, a true advocate for women and families, who will work to secure a future that safeguards abortion care, upholds basic rights and justice, and respects a woman’s bodily autonomy.”

“We can no longer allow anti-choice politicians like Speaker Cox to serve as a barrier between a woman and her doctor when it comes to making personal medical decisions that are best for her and her family,” stated Tarina Keene. “With increased threats to abortion care across the country, Shelia will work to protect women’s reproductive healthcare in Virginia and ensure a woman can get safe, legal, affordable abortion care in her community, without shame, pressure, or the threat of jail time.”

“I’m so proud to have NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s endorsement,” said Shelia Bynum-Coleman.  “I have always been a staunch advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare and rights, and now more than ever—I am ready to stand up and speak out for women and families across the Commonwealth and especially for the 66th House district when it comes to protecting their bodily autonomy. As someone who trusts a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions, I will work to protect and expand access to healthcare for the members of my community and for women across Virginia.”

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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