I’ve been watching the General Assembly with great interest and now the session is drawing to a close, and I’ve been disturbed by what I’ve seen the GOP majority doing.
As you know, I was proud to run as a pro-choice candidate for the House of Delegates last fall against Tag Greason, who has shown time and again that he doesn’t respect women’s ability to make their own decisions about their bodies and reproductive choices.
Now he’s at it again. This session, Delegate Greason already voted for a bill to defund services for thousands of low-income people at Virginia’s Planned Parenthood health centers. Then he voted for the House version of the 2016-2018 state budget that includes dangerous amendments attacking reproductive rights and health care. Now he is one of 13 lawmakers sitting on the budget conference committee, negotiating a final budget that will be sent to the governor.
I serve on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, who are working on the ground in Richmond right now to oppose anti-choice measures including these budget amendments. They need our help to make the voices of pro-choice Virginians heard at the capitol.
We need to tell these 13 budget conferees, including Del. Greason, that Virginians don’t want ideological attacks on women’s health and rights in our state budget. Join me and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in urging these lawmakers to keep anti-choice amendments out of the budget.
The proposed anti-choice budget amendments would:
- Take away coverage for abortion from low-income women who receive a tragic diagnosis of severe fetal anomaly,
- Perpetuate a ban on state insurance coverage for abortion for women who experience serious health complications during pregnancy,
- And even reject federal funds for a pilot program to expand access to highly-effective long-acting contraception like IUDs – a program that could reduce unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion!
Budget conferees will be finishing up their negotiations on Tuesday, March 8th, so they need to hear from us right now.
Let’s turn our disappointment into action. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Use this link to email Tag today!