NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Endorses Laurie Buchwald in Virginia’s Senate District 38 Special Election

Alexandria, Va. — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC, the political leader for the reproductive rights and freedom movement in the Commonwealth, announced its endorsement of Laurie Buchwald in the Special Election for Senate District 38 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The special election is being held to fill the seat left vacant after Senator Ben Chafin passed away on January 1.

Laurie Buchwald received a 100% score on NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC’s candidate questionnaire and supports protecting and advancing access to reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth.

Laurie Buchwald was an appointee under Governors Kaine and McDonnell to the Board for Professional and Occupational Regulations. She ran for the House of Delegates, 12th district, in 2015. With that experience, she started an organization called Elect Women SWVA, which works to encourage women to run for office. In her professional life, she is a Nurse Practitioner with Virginia Women’s Health in Roanoke where she delivers gynecologic and obstetrics care to women of all ages.

“NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is thrilled to endorse Laurie Buchwald for state Senate in this Special Election. As a reproductive healthcare provider in Southwest Virginia, Laurie knows firsthand how barriers to reproductive healthcare access impact rural communities. We know that Laurie will be a champion for expanding access to reproductive healthcare services and ensuring that we achieve reproductive freedom for all Virginians,” says NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Campaigns Director, Ana Owens.

“I am honored to have NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s endorsement in my race for State Senate. This shouldn’t be controversial. A woman’s healthcare decision is just that. Her decision, between her and her doctor. Southwest Virginia needs a voice in Richmond that fights for women and their access to healthcare. And as a women’s health nurse practitioner, myself, I believe I am uniquely qualified to be that voice,” says Laurie Buchwald.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is the leading reproductive rights political organization in the Commonwealth. The PAC endorses and supports candidates dedicated to protecting and advancing the full array of reproductive healthcare services including safe, legal, and accessible abortion care for every Virginian without shame or stigma. The organization’s powerful statewide network of 22,000 activists and members will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect pro-choice candidates during the 2021 electoral cycle.



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