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Virginia House Dems Kick Off Women’s Health Tour in Richmond


From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus

House Dems Kick Off Women’s Health Tour in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – In light of President Trump’s announcement Friday that he would roll back an Obama-era rule requiring that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, Democratic women in the Richmond area running for the House of Delegates yesterday held a press conference to draw attention to the anti-women records of Ed Gillespie and the Virginia House GOP.

Debra Rodman, nominee in the 73rd District; Katie Sponsler, nominee in the 66th District; Melissa Dart, nominee in the 56th District; and Sheila Bynum-Coleman, nominee in the 62nd District; kicked off the first stop of our Women’s Health Tour, discussing House Republicans’ votes, from defunding Planned Parenthood to mandating transvaginal ultrasounds.

“We’ve been lucky that for the last four years, Governor McAuliffe has acted as a firewall against the anti-women legislation coming out of the General Assembly,” said Rodman. “But make no mistake, it has been coming. From a bill to defund Planned Parenthood that made it all the way to the Governor’s desk, to legislation that would have forced women seeking abortions to undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasounds – House Republicans, including my opponent John O’Bannon, have been staunchly against a woman’s right to choose. Virginia women deserve better.”

“I know from personal experience that an attack on women’s access to contraception is a direct attack on women’s lives,” said Sponsler. “When Republicans decide to roll back access to birth control, they are rolling back treatment for endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, among other things. As delegate, I will stand up to Republicans in Richmond and in Washington because women’s reproductive health is non-negotiable – and they do not seem to care that women’s lives are on the line.”

“Women’s health is an integral part of women’s economic freedom and equality,” said Dart. “However, along with the right to choose, women need assurance that equal work means equal pay. We need to pass legislation that will establish paid family leave so that no one has to choose between a paycheck and caring for a sick child. The House GOP has killed bills that would do both of these things, and when elected delegate, I will make sure that women’s equality – through all avenues – is a top priority.”

“The other side has proved time and again that they are no friends of Virginia women,” said Bynum-Coleman. “Just this session, they passed the women-shaming “Day of Tears” resolution that encourages Virginians to fly flags at half-staff on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. They are more interested in passing resolutions to shame women and strip them of their health care than they are in getting things done for women and their families, and that is unacceptable.”

Democratic women in the Hampton Roads area will hold a conference this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Virginia Beach for the second stop of the Women’s Health Tour. The location will be announced later today.

From left: Democratic House of Delegates candidates Katie Sponsler, Debra Rodman, Melissa Dart and Sheila Bynum-Coleman held a press conference Oct. 10 at which they discussed the anti-women record of Ed Gillespie and the Virginia House GOP. The Henrico event was the first stop of a Women’s Health Tour by Virginia House Democratic women candidates. 
  • Rev Donald Spitz

    Not only are these women murdering their own children by abortion they want the government and tax money to pay for the killing of The Unborn children.

    • Kenneth Ferland

      The religious right thinks life begins and conception and ends at Birth. You don’t get to preach about life when you do nothing to support children, families, the poor, the imprisoned, the victims of war, and in fact to everything possible to increase suffering and shorten peoples lives.

      The whole ‘abortion is murder’ trope is just something invented in the 70’s after their previous justification of ‘pregnancy is god’s punishment for extramarital sex’ was utterly rejected by America. Constantly changing justifications for consistent policies are a sign of a lie and we have figured it out, control over people’s sex lives is what the right wants.

    • old_redneck

      “The government and tax money” pay for viagra.

      If men could be pregnant, birth control pills would be sold at the checkout lane like candy and abortion would be a sacrament of the church.

  • Bradley Purcell

    Many people support Planned Parenthood and the right to choose, but would like for Democratic candidates and delegates to spend as much time advocating for affordable healthcare for all, regardless of gender, as they do the narrower issues rasied in the Womens’ Health Tour. The ACA, while an improvement over the situation prior, is a terrible burden on millions of middle-income Americans who buy their own insurance in the individual market. I note that none of the 4 Health Tour candidates are among the 16 Democratic HoD candidates to endorse single-payor healthcare. I support all 4 of these candidates, but hope they will broaden their appeal beyond issues (and especially language) that seem gender-focused. Please, don’t make the same mistake Hillary Clinton made last fall, focusing on well-worn issues that sent the message to too voters many that she wasn’t interested in their problems.