Virginia Chapter of the

National Organization for Women

Rights NOW

Rights We Already Have

As we continue the quest for women's liberation, it's important to be aware of the rights we already have.  Arm yourself with knowledge.

Sections in this page

  1. Pro-Choice Empowerment
  2. Maternity Empowerment
  3. Women in Business Empowerment
  4. Citizen/Police Empowerment

Pro-Choice Rights



Plan B is available in the state of Virginia at local pharmacies and on Amazon.com!  It still cannot be sold to those under age 17, however it is available without an unnecessary OBGYN appointment.  Celebrate!!! ✨  Plan B should be on the grocery store shelves within Virginia.  There is no law in place to restrict this.  If Plan B is not on a shelf at your local grocery store, do not hesitate to inform the manager that this is now legal.  Check out Plan B Wanted - On the Shelves In Virginia!


NextChoice GenericPlanB 
Plan B One-Step
(Brand Name) costs around $50 and will be available in pharmacies and other retail shelves without restriction. Next Choice (Generic), which costs considerably less, may also be available on shelves but only to those ages 17 and older. Those younger won't be able to purchase it at all.  Let's get Next Choice on the shelves without explanations, IDs, or apologies!

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Order Your Trust Women, Respect Choice License Plate

As a revenue-sharing plate, after the sale of the first 1,000 qualifying plates, $15.00 of the $25.00 fee is transferred to Virginia League for Planned Parenthood and used to provide women's health services in Virginia, but shall not be used to provide abortion services. A portion of your fee may be tax deductible.  And t
hen smile as you drive by "choose life" plated vehicles.


Maternity Rights

Maternit21 – Noninvasive Prenatal Test

MaterniT21 is a noninvasive diagnostic blood test providing innovative genetic analysis of the baby.  Blood is drawn through the mother's arm vein during the first trimester (10-12 weeks) as a non-intrusive alternative to ultrasounds & amniocentesis.

  •       Checks for Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, & Patau Syndrome
  •       Determines the sex of the baby

  If you are under 35, your insurance may disallow coverage for this test.  Only women over 35 years, who are categorized as 'Advanced Maternal Age' or AMA, are considered "eligible" for coverage on this non-invasive method of testing.  'Course, I mean why would an insurance company want you to have non-invasive tests during a pregnancy?  That would be silly.  Invasive testing procedures are more expensive, after all.  Who cares about the extra stress during pregnancy?

'Advanced Paternal Age' is considered to be a factor by insurance companies.  Therefore, 'Advanced Maternal Age' is purely an insurance term used by medical practices and is not based on actual medicine. 

There is no medical reason for Maternit21 to not be covered by insurance for women under 35 should they wish to have it, nor any medical reason that it should be standard for women over 35.

Business/Employee Rights


As a citizen of the United States and as a woman, you have rights when applying for a job and after you've been hired.  You have the right to answer certain questions and to not answer certain questions.  There are many rights and liberties that women already have and don't think of using before things get messy in the work place.  Below is a list of empowering tips to hopefully help keep away from those awfully expensive, unpleasant lawsuits.  Who needs them if they can be avoided, right?

You Reserve the Right to Not Answer Questions About Your Love Life

On a job interview or at any point during employment, it is illegal to require a woman to answer if she's married, single, having sex, if she has children, if she's someday planning on having children, or anything else related to her private, family, romantic and/or sex life.

You might receive responses such as:
"These are simply routine questions for the purpose of getting to know our employees."

With which you may reply with:
"I'm happy to get to know my colleagues.  These questions, however have been illegal to ask employees since the 1970s."

This does not mean that you have to be on edge in the workplace about every topic of conversation and claim "LAWSUIT" should any personal subjects arise.  If you work with a bunch of friends and topics such as engagement plans, dating advice, baby showers, etc. come up, use your own logic.  Your superior in the work place might also be someone that you don't mind sharing personal information with.  And that's perfectly fine.

YOU get to choose.  The law exists for the people, not the other way around.

You Reserve the Right to Say No to Routine Drug Testing

Ronald Reagan instituted an Executive Order on September 15, 1986 for a Drug-Free Federal Workplace.  He called for mandatory drug testing of all federal workers and urged expanded testing and enforcement measures to be aimed at eliminating drug abuse (aka hippies) from every school and workplace in the country.

Although certain mandatory drug testing laws are still legal for companies to use at will, they are not mandatory.  (Although they might try to convince you that they are.)  You have the right to your own policies and conditions in the workplace.  Some companies may not choose to hire you if you refuse the routine drug testing, however many companies only keep the policy in place because it was there when they came on board.  They have no particular wish to enforce it.

If you state that you have no problem with a routine background check and reaffirm their right to fire you should you show up for work drunk and/or high, you'd be surprised in your own ability to negotiate. 


Employee Rights

Employment Rights in Plain English


  Citizen/Police Rights

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As with politicians, we employ our police officers and we should feel at ease with them, not on edge.  Equally, remember: the police don't know who you are, and they do often encounter dangerous and difficult people.  Be calm, be respectful.  Citizens should not expect a cop to routinely remove you from your vehicle and search you or it.  It is not a normal part of the process to be searched.

A police officer's job is to protect and serve

You should expect a police officer to help you first, and then enforce the law as needed.  A good cop will notice when someone needs help and assess the best way to do so.  However, here's what to do should you encounter a police officer not interested in your safety first, courtesy of PoliceCrimes.com.

 What makes a bad/bully police officer powerless?
When citizens know their rights!

A bad/bully officer hates to hear:

"Am I free to go?"

"I'm going to remain silent."

"I don't consent to a search."

You have rights at traffic stop or during any encounter with a police officer. Learn what your rights are and use them! If you object to an officer's actions, you have options.

  • Ask "Am I free to go?" Otherwise, the police officer has the right to assume that you're voluntarily staying around to talk.
  • If you suspect that you are being interrogated without cause or for a matter not related to the present situation, say, "I'm going to remain silent." And then do so. 
  • Just Say NO to Police Searches!  Never give permission for a police officer to search you, your car or your home.  "I don't consent to this search." 


ACLU's Know Your Rights

Also see Flex Your Rights, a 501(c)(3) educational civil liberties nonprofit dedicated to improving the constitutional literacy of all Americans.