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1,000+ People “Speak Loudly With Silence” for Virginia Women


Great job by SPEAK LOUDLY WITH SILENCE for Virginia women (a silent protest), who are in Richmond today “to tell our elected representatives: Support women’s rights to control their bodies! Don’t enact oppressive Anti-choice (what pro-life really means) laws!” According to Jenny Lawson of the Virginia Civic Engagment Table, there are 1,000 women at the General Assembly Building “to tell Bob Marshall that we aren’t ‘sideshows’.”

P.S. Photo (click on image to “embiggen”) courtesy of Cheers for Choice, which reports that “The crowd is inspiring.”

P.P.S. See the “flip” for a photo by Del. Scott Surovell, who captions it, “Women’s rights groups encircling the Capitol today as we debate and vote on medically unnecessary ultrasounds again.”

UPDATE: The Virginia House Democrats report, “Delegate Kaye Kory speaking now against the horrendous assault on women; hopes @bobmcdonnell will veto #VAGOP bills HB462 & SB484.”

UPDATE #2: Del. David Englin tweets, “Wow. Great to see so many citizens in Capitol Square protesting Va. GOP vaginal penetration ultrasound mandate & attacks on contraception!”

UPDATE #3: Del. Charniele Herring tweets,  “Thank you Del. Kory for calling out the assault on women by extreme bills mandating a transvaginal probe for no medical purpose.#overreach”

UPDATE #4: Also see, Is McDonnell Now Backing Away From a State-Sanctioned Rape Bill?, and keep the pressure on the VP wannabe, the guy who wants to avoid the return of the nickname “Taliban Bob” at all costs.

UPDATE #5: Right wingnut/theocrat Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall (R-Mars) has this to say about the protestors:

I’ve got to deal with all these side shows with these people, who just never want to get to the plain fact that there’s a very simple thing I want to do, to recognize the unborn as being a human being before the law. That’s all…[The legislation] doesn’t criminalize abortion, it doesn’t affect birth control, and they can’t point to one case where it’s ever been done that way.

That’s right, the guy we know and love as “Sideshow Bob” calls women protesting his misogynistic bill a “side show.” Of course, I’m sure he doesn’t understand irony, but still…pretty ironic.

  • Thanks to the apparently omnipresent Catherine S. Read, who writes: “Great turnout at the state capitol in Richmond. Over 1000 people here protesting extremist legislation in our VA General Asembly.”

  • pontoon

    folks attended.  I had planned to go, but we got six inches of snow yesterday and no school today…so am at home instead of in Richmond.  

  • LoriHankyHaas

    Absolutely fabulous showing of women, children and men all in support of women’s rights.   Headed to the Bell Tower for Part Two – the Rally in support of Women’s rights.  

  • Teddy Goodson

    in the patriarchal minds of the Republicans? What am impressive showing. Thank you, women (and men) of Virginia.

    After what has transpired both nationally (Issa’s hearings, for example) and in Virginia, can any self-respecting woman not understand the vicious misogyny of today’s Republican Party? So soon as the Republicans have the reins of power in their hands, whether it’s Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, or Virginia, they suffer the arrogance of power, and their true character and agenda blossoms forth. May they rot…. and be run over by the steam roller of voter wrath in November, passing unlamented into the dustbin of history.  

  • Great stuff, thanks to Catherine S. Read for these photos!

  • kindler

    No, democracy in action is a beautiful thing.  Thanks to all these protesters and Democratic leaders for standing up for the rights of all us.  Let’s keep making noise — even through silence — until we are heard.

  • YelowDawg

    I was there in spirit. Thank you all for making our point loud and clear.



  • Del. Jennifer McClellan spoke passionately about the impact of pending legislation on women’s rights to manage their own health decisions. She told stories of real women whose decision to terminate a wanted pregnancy was not a matter of “lifestyle convenience.”

  • Bumble Bee

    This delightful piece of legislation is sponsored by Delegate Kathy Byron of Campbell County.  A Liberty University/Jerry Falwell stooge.  Liberty University, the Falwell’s, Byron and the current crop of republicans are a stain on the fabric of Virginia.

  • pvogel

    Im surprised the virginia Rapist republicans would give Mark such a view!

  • gg2landy

    They are all “owned” by LU. LU cries foul whenever they are opposed on anything they want here in Lynchburg. Their students are then “rallied” to confront city council ( they are bused in and then it appears the “majority” of citizens oppose council’s decision) and they eventually get what they want. Jerry Falwell Jr. secretly tapes the Mayor, there is an outcry over that little stunt and he privately ( NOT publicly) apologizes…but the outcome is the same. They get what they want.

    To the tune of 1.4 million plus a pedestrain bridge across Wards Rd was built to allow students safe access to the shops across the busy Rd. The city foots that bill and hardly anyone ever uses it.

    LU and TRBC are buying up real estate in Lynchburg. They have their chosen people on city council and are poised to get a majority in May.LU has its own precinct now on campus so they won’t need to be transported to the polls.

    There are “owned” members on planning commissions and even one of the “Soil and Conservation” board is a radical Tea Party member.

    They are following the outline set forth by some Right Wing Christian guy ( can’t remember who) to start local,take over there and move on.

    Trust me Democrats and Lynchburg First ( a bi-partisan group here) do what they can BUT it is difficult. We are narrowly holding on to council and our school board is very progressive. BUT it’s tough.

    LU is worming it’s way into state politics and I will count how many times Cuccinelli comes to kiss Falwell Jr’s ring for the Governor’s election.It will be easy for him because they position the Republican HQ right down the hill from LU so the kids can walk there.