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Healthy Pregnancies, Births, and Families

Being pro-choice means supporting pregnant and birthing women and their decisions to become parents or choose adoption. All women and families deserve access to the services and support they need for healthy pregnancies and births and for raising healthy children. It’s critical to women’s equality and to building strong families.

The Problem:

There are huge disparities in pregnant women’s access to reproductive health care services and to support for healthy pregnancies, births, and child care. Many pregnant and parenting women face discrimination in the workplace, or have a lack of adequate leave to take care of their families.

Hypocritically, many of the anti-choice politicians who talk about "respecting life” and "valuing children and families” when they’re opposing abortion and birth control are the same ones who stand in the way of policies that would actually support women who have children.

Our Solution:

We can't let anti-choice politicians and groups get away with this kind of hypocrisy. Being pro-choice is about standing with women in making the decisions that are right for themselves and their families. That’s why we advocate for policies that support pregnant and parenting women and their families.

  • Access to quality prenatal and maternity care is so important for women and their children. We must protect and expand programs that promote reproductive health care access for all pregnant and birthing women, such as Virginia’s FAMIS MOMS program.

  • Closing the Medicaid coverage gap in Virginia would improve health care access for tens of thousands of families who are struggling to get by, including many mothers and their young children.

  • Women shouldn’t face discrimination at work or have to worry about losing their jobs because of pregnancy or because their boss disapproves of their personal reproductive decisions.

  • Paid family leave after the arrival of a child – as well as paid sick leave – is important to making sure parents can take care of themselves and their families.

  • Women and couples who choose adoption deserve respect, support, and resources.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is a leader in the Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition, through which we work on many of these issues including health care access for low-income women and families, paid sick leave, and workplace discrimination.

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