The 2018 General Assembly Session is an exciting one, with new opportunities and challenges as we again face a split government in Virginia. The 60-day session begins on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and adjourns sine die on Saturday, March 10, 2018. With major Democratic pick ups in the House of Delegates in the November 2017 elections, the margins between the two parties have been drastically narrowed. This presents opportunities for advancing reproductive rights not seemed possible for at least a decade.
This year, we have an aggressive agenda to roll back Virginia’s TRAP law which is one of the most severe in the nation, to advance proactive measures to protect and expand women’s access to birth control, and to work with our allies on progressive priorities. In November, we saw a wave of progressive, pro-choice candidates swept into office, and with Governor Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring as longstanding pro-choice champions, we are confident that we can beat any anti-abortion legislation coming our way this session.
Our team at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is energized and ready to seize every available opportunity and meet every challenge we come across. We will work to educate the public and drive the narrative on abortion and strive to remove the stigma from a woman’s personal medical decisions. We will aggressively lobby the legislature and the executive branch to ensure and expand women’s rights through both the legislative and regulatory process. And we will continue to stand up to the hypocrisy and bullying from our opponents, fighting to protect every gain we have made and squash every new attempt to place obstacles to women’s access to safe and affordable reproductive healthcare.