Everyone should be able to decide whether and when to have a child.
Our goal is to ensure that contraceptives and abortion care are legal and accessible for anyone who wants them. This fight is important not just for Virginians, but for people in neighboring states where abortion rights are limited. Virginia must remain a safe haven for people seeking an abortion.
Both before and after Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, anti-abortion extremists have continually attacked reproductive rights. Here’s how we’ve beaten back those efforts:
- In 2023, we lobbied the Virginia legislature to vote against 15-week abortion bans, defeating 13 out of 13 anti-abortion bills. As a result, abortion remains legal in Virginia.
- In 2019, we filed a lawsuit alongside the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America to overturn targeted restrictions against providers, known as TRAP laws, including a 24-hour waiting period and a forced ultrasound.
- We’ve created a network of attorneys to help people under 18 request judicial bypass – a way to obtain an abortion without parental consent by appearing before a judge. Young people deserve agency over their bodies and their futures.
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Petronella unexpectedly became pregnant in 1995 at a time in her life when she had to choose between paying rent or paying for an abortion. She chose to get an abortion and was evicted from her apartment.
Working as a hotel clerk, Petronella took extra shifts to make ends meet and save money for college. At the time of her abortion, she had been accepted into graduate school and knew that she wouldn’t be able to continue her education if she became a parent.
She went to Planned Parenthood alone, past a sea of protesters who grabbed her by the arm and shamed her for her choice.
Now, Petronella is an advocate for safe, affordable abortion care. Her plea to all of us is this:
"Let's keep fighting ‘til no one has to choose between rent and bodily autonomy."