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Virginia Gets a Failing Grade
Virginia's many restrictions on reproductive rights and lack of pro-choice policies earn an "F" in NARAL Pro-Choice America's annual rating of states' laws.


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2010 Virginia Legislative Voting Record on Choice

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to release our annual comprehensive analysis of votes taken on bills related to reproductive rights and health. See below for a list of members of the House of Delegates and State Senate with their 2010 score, rated from 0% (anti-choice) to 100% (pro-choice).

Send this email now if you have a pro-choice legislator to thank her or him for voting to protect reproductive health for all Virginians!Please urge anti-choice legislators to join us in advocating for commonsense,common-ground prevention and reproductive health measures this year!

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LegislatorDistrict2010 Score
Senator John Miller1100%
Senator Mamie Locke2100%
Senator Thomas Norment340%
Senator Ryan McDougle40%
Senator Yvonne Miller5100%
Senator Ralph Northam6100%
Senator Frank Wagner740%
Senator Jeffrey McWaters80%
Senator Donald McEachin9100%
Senator John Watkins100%
Senator Stephen Martin1125%
Senator Walter Stosch120%
Senator Frederick Quayle1380%
Senator Harry Blevins140%
Senator Frank Ruff1520%
Senator Henry Marsh16100%
Senator Edward Houck17100%
Senator Louise Lucas18100%
Senator Robert Hurt
Senator Roscoe Reynolds2080%
Senator John Edwards21100%
Senator Ralph Smith220%
Senator Stephen Newman230%
Senator Emmett Hanger240%
Senator Creigh Deeds25100%
Senator Mark Obenshain260%
Senator Jill Vogel270%
Senator Richard Stuart2820%
Senator Charles Colgan2975%
Senator Patricia Ticer30100%
Senator Mary Margaret Whipple31100%
Senator Janet Howell32100%
Senator Mark Herring33100%
Senator Chap Petersen34100%
Senator Richard Saslaw35100%
Senator Toddy Puller36100%
Senator David Marsden37100%
Senator Phillip Puckett380%
Senator George Barker39100%
Senator William Wampler4040%
Delegate Terry Kilgore10%
Delegate Clarence Phillips229%
Delegate James Morefield30%
Delegate Joseph Johnson40%
Delegate Charles Carrico50%
Delegate Anne Crockett-Stark60%
Delegate David Nutter70%
Delegate Morgan Griffith
Delegate Charles Poindexter90%
Delegate Ward Armstrong1086%
Delegate Onzlee Ware1186%
Delegate James Shuler12100%
Delegate Robert Marshall130%
Delegate Daniel Marshall1414%
Delegate Todd Gilbert150%
Delegate Donald Merricks1614%
Delegate William Cleaveland170%
Delegate Clifford Athey180%
Delegate Lacey Putney190%
Delegate Richard Bell200%
Delegate Ronald Villanueva2114%
Delegate Kathy Bryon220%
Delegate T. Scott Garrett230%
Delegate Benjamin Cline240%
Delegate Steven Landes250%
Delegate Matthew Lohr
Delegate Samuel Nixon
Delegate William Howell2814%
Delegate Beverly Sherwood2914%
Delegate Edward Scott3043%
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter3114%
Delegate Thomas Greason3214%
Delegate Joe May3317%
Delegate Barbara Comstock3414%
Delegate Mark Keam35100%
Delegate Kenneth Plum36100%
Delegate David Bulova3786%
Delegate Kaye Kory38100%
Delegate Vivian Watts39100%
Delegate Timothy Hugo400%
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn41100%
Delegate David Albo4214%
Delegate Mark Sickles43100%
Delegate Scott Surovell44100%
Delegate David Englin45100%
Delegate Charniele Herring46100%
Delegate Patrick Hope47100%
Delegate Robert Brink48100%
Delegate Adam Ebbin49100%
Delegate Jackson Miller500%
Delegate Richard Anderson5114%
Delegate Luke Torian5286%
Delegate James Scott53100%
Delegate Robert Orrock5414%
Delegate John Cox5514%
Delegate Bill Janis560%
Delegate David Toscano57100%
Delegate Robert Bell580%
Delegate Watkins Abbitt590%
Delegate James Edmunds600%
Delegate Thomas Wright610%
Delegate Riley Ingram6214%
Delegate Rosalyn Dance6386%
Delegate William Barlow6486%
Delegate Lee Ware650%
Delegate Kirkland Cox660%
Delegate James LeMunyon670%
Delegate Manoli Loupassi6817%
Delegate Betsy Carr69100%
Delegate Delores McQuinn70100%
Delegate Jennifer McClellan71100%
Delegate James Massie720%
Delegate John O'Bannon7314%
Delegate Joseph Morrissey7457%
Delegate Roslyn Tyler75100%
Delegate Chris Jones760%
Delegate Lionell Spruill7786%
Delegate John Cosgrove780%
Delegate Johnny Joannou7986%
Delegate Matthew James80100%
Delegate Barry Knight810%
Delegate Harry Purkey8214%
Delegate Christopher Stolle8329%
Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto8429%
Delegate Robert Tata8529%
Delegate Thomas Rust8657%
Delegate Paula Miller8786%
Delegate Mark Cole880%
Delegate Kenneth Alexander89100%
Delegate Algie Howell9071%
Delegate Thomas Gear
Delegate Jeion Ward92100%
Delegate Robin Abbott93100%
Delegate Glenn Oder9414%
Delegate Mamye BaCote9586%
Delegate Brenda Pogge960%
Delegate Christopher Peace9714%
Delegate Harvey Morgan9850%
Delegate Albert Pollard9957%
Delegate Lynwood Lewis10086%

2010 Post-Session Update from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

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In 2010,NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia was a full-time sentinel in Richmond, diligently protecting reproductive freedom for all Virginians. Please use this scorecard as your go-to reference for the status of choice in Virginia.

This year's General Assembly session brought both heartbreak and joy for pro-choice advocates.

For the first time in nearly a decade, we suffered a major loss when it comes to the accessibility of choice in Virginia. Governor McDonnell successfully passed a budget amendment that restricts abortion access and availability for low-income women, particularly in cases where the woman's health is jeopardized. This dangerous amendment passed the Senate by only one vote. It is a crushing blow to choice in Virginia and to our most vulnerable women. Health exceptions are no joke. Yet anti-choice lawmakers and lobbyists are willing to play doctor to determine what is best for the health of Virginians. It is unfathomable that these people call themselves "pro-life."

Another disappointment was the defeat of our crisis pregnancy center bill HB452/SB188 in subcommittee (there is no score because the vote was not recorded). This signature bill came out of our undercover investigation of duplicitous crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) throughout 2009. It simply required CPCs to post signs for patrons, highlighting what services they do NOT provide. You can read "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Revealed" online at We hope to have better luck ensuring women are not deceived next year.

Despite those losses, we have plenty to celebrate!

Our pro-choice "Trust Women/Respect Choice" license plate passed! After a hard-fought battle with anti-choice lawmakers, the plate survived the General Assembly with a funding stream for preventative, reproductive healthcare services. Even more amazingly, antichoice Governor Bob McDonnell signed it! There are more details about the battle inside. We hope you will purchase your "Trust Women/Respect Choice" license plate and boast your pro-choice values!

Unsurprisingly, anti-choice delegates once again introduced their signature bills - TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers), Mandatory Ultrasound and Informed Consent as well as a new attempt to grant constitutional rights to zygotes. Despite our courageous pro-choice delegates, passage in the House is almost always a given. However, the Senate is where the most outrageous bills fail. Thankfully, our Senate allies voted their values and defeated each attempt to limit reproductive freedom.

We lost six pro-choice House seats in the 2009 election. And while this is not an election year, 2011 will be critical. We must focus on it now in order to protect choice. Both the House and Senate will be up for election. Given Governor McDonnell's ardent anti-choice administration, we must preserve the Senate as our pro-choice stop-gap. Otherwise, the bills we have successfully defeated in the past will surely become law of the land.

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