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Tom Perriello Would Propose Virginia Constitutional Amendment to Protect A Woman’s Right to Choose in First Legislative Session


Smart move, on both policy and political grounds, by Tom Perriello’s campaign…

Tom Perriello Would Propose Virginia Constitutional Amendment to Protect A Woman’s Right to Choose in First Legislative Session
Following Gorsuch Confirmation to Supreme Court, Perriello Calls for Further State Action to Guarantee and Safeguard Reproductive Choice
Today, Tom Perriello, Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, is announcing that, as governor, he would propose in his first legislative session a constitutional amendment in Virginia to guarantee and safeguard a woman’s right to choose. This measure, similar to one recently proposed in New York, would protect abortion rights in Virginia in the face of threats by a hostile conservative Supreme Court and Republicans in Washington and Richmond. While Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, this proposal would guarantee reproductive choice at the state level, safeguarding this fundamental right for women against any potential future threats.
“Now that Neil Gorsuch has joined George W. Bush appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito, as well as Clarence Thomas, on the Supreme Court, we are one vacancy away from Roe v. Wade being fundamentally threatened. In the face of threats at the federal level, states must act,” Tom Perriello said. “This constitutional amendment would ensure that a woman’s right to choose is safeguarded here in Virginia, protecting women in the Commonwealth from any future attacks on this fundamental right.”
In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced he would introduce a constitutional amendment guaranteeing reproductive choice at a rally in support of Planned Parenthood in Albany.
In Congress, Tom opposed Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and to bar the District of Columbia from using its own money to pay for abortion services. He also fought for pre- and post-natal care and maternity care to be included as essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act. At the Center for American Progress, Tom oversaw efforts to advocate against TRAP laws that limit access to reproductive health services and raised funds for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“Now is the time to be proactive and affirmative in protecting and expanding women’s access to affordable health care,” Perriello added. “We should be on offense, not defense.”

In his campaign, Tom has pledged to oppose any effort by state Republicans to restrict or defund Planned Parenthood. He has also vowed to protect women’s rights and expand women’s access to health care by working to roll back harmful restrictions on the right to choose and on abortion providers in Virginia, oppose a 20-week abortion ban, make contraception more readily available, and ensure abortion care is safe, compassionate and accessible for women when they need it.

  • Jessica Vormwald

    This is nothing more than pandering. You’ll note the puff piece didn’t mention Tom’s anti-choice votes in Congress. It also didn’t mention the political realities of actually getting that into the constitution. Oh, but it will be great for rallying the religious right in a year that they’re a bit down, so there’s that.

  • Withheld Information

    I don’t buy it. He sold out women in Congress when he helped hatch the Stupak Amendment. This is just to shore up votes in the primary and then he’ll throw women under the bus come the general election.

    Ralph Northam is a real fighter for women in Virginia, and they seem realize this, since every pro-choice group has endorsed him.

  • Perseus1986

    Will someone please tell me when the Democratic party platform went from supporting choice as a real choice while separating government involvment in the prohibition or financing of abortion, to not only supporting the option of abortion but advocating for government funds to support abortion and to consider those who wish not to involve taxpayer money in abortions to be anti-choice? It seems just last decade, not involving taxpayer funds with abortions was a consensus among Democrats.