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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAJORITY OF VIRGINIANS OPPOSE “PERSONHOOD” MEASURE

New poll shows Virginians strongly against bill that could outlaw abortion and birth control
ALEXANDRIA, Va – Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, issued the following statement about a new Quinnipiac poll that found 58 percent of Virginians oppose a new measure in Virginia to define life as beginning at conception:

"This poll confirms just how out of touch anti-choice politicians are with our state's values and priorities. At a time when Virginians are concerned about jobs, education and transportation, state politicians are instead focusing on eliminating healthcare access for Virginia women. HB 1 would ban abortion and could threaten common forms of birth control, opening the door to even more political interference in women's personal, private decisions. Unfortunately, we know that the lawmakers behind this bill don't care about the public's opposition to this extreme idea. This extreme proposal would allow politicians to further interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion. Furthermore, these measures do absolutely nothing to make abortion less necessary. It is a shame our legislators would rather spend more time eliminating women's healthcare access than tackling the issues most important to Virginians. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is prepared to counter this legislation and other anti-choice attacks in the upcoming General Assembly session in Richmond."

To learn more about HB 1 and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's efforts to defeat this extreme bill, visit http://www.naralva.org/in-our-state/personhood.shtml
 

Contact: Joseph Richards, 202.530.4168

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