The right to choose abortion is essential to ensuring a woman can decide for herself if, when and with whom to start or grow a family. We’ll never stop fighting to protect and expand this fundamental human right.
The Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right for all was supposed to be the beginning of the fight for women’s equality and autonomy, not the end. Since then, we’ve been forced to defend it over and over again as anti-choice politicians and organizations focus on undermining and chipping away at our rights until they can do away with legal abortion access completely. They’ve passed hundreds of laws to restrict a woman’s ability to access safe, legal abortion care. These laws take many forms, including trying to outlaw abortion altogether, shutting down clinics, restricting access based on income level and dictating which medical procedures are available.
Virginia’s abortion access has been rated “severely restricted,” and 92% of Virginia counties have no abortion clinic at all. For over two decades anti-choice legislators have held control of the state House and Senate and they have passed a series of laws – including mandatory 24-hour waiting periods, mandatory medically-unnecessary ultrasounds, biased counseling, and bans on abortion coverage – that limit a woman’s access to abortion. TRAP restrictions on abortion clinics have further decimated access. Fake clinics, or so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” outnumber abortion clinics by about 5-to-1.
When the right to abortion is endangered, the fundamental equality of women is threatened. A woman can never be equal if she is denied the basic right to make decisions for herself and her family.
While access in Virginia is severely restricted, seven in 10 Virginians support the right to legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will continue to fight to expand access and keep abortion safe and legal for all, regardless of ZIP code or income. We will mobilize together to defeat attacks in the states and in Congress. We’ll help elect candidates who will be champions for reproductive freedom. And we will continue to educate, inform and rally the public to protect and expand the fundamental human right of all people to make their own decisions about their lives.
Restrictions on Abortion Access
Click the issues below to learn how anti-choice politicians and activists are blocking access to abortion care.