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Today, we're asking you to take action to protect reproductive health services in Virginia. You've probably heard about "TRAP" restrictions on clinics. Yes, NARAL Pro-Choice VA and other leaders of the women's health community made some progress but we have suffered a setback. Please take a few minutes to submit a public comment to the Virginia Board of Health regarding politically motivated restrictions designed to shut down Virginia abortion providers.

Governor Northam has called for a special session of the General Assembly to address the epidemic of gun violence. This is a bold move and one that Virginia NOW supports 100%. Not only are we all affected by gun violence tragedies like the one in Virginia Beach but as women's advocates we know that women bear a special burden: a staggering portion of violence against women is fatal, and a key driver of these homicides is access to guns. And now, in a move shocking even for the gun lobby, the NRA is trying to block renewal of the Violence Against Women Act . 

Define YOUR Feminist Agenda at the NOW National Conference 
July 19 - 21, in Minneapolis

The conference, Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is NOW, is a can't miss weekend celebration of feminist empowerment.

Join us in Minneapolis where you’ll attend informative, relevant workshops, enjoy inspiring speakers, including Comedian Lizz Winstead, State Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha, and many others.

You’ll help NOW build a national Feminist Agenda geared for action. We’ll celebrate and strategize for a historically female 2020 election and we’ll mount our fight against the onslaught of attacks on women’s freedoms in state houses across the country and assuredly at the Supreme Court in 2020.

We've seen the frightening headlines from around the country, with states like Missouri, Georgia and Alabama enacting immoral and unconstitutional abortion bans. A legislator in Texas even proposed a bill that would give women the death penalty for having abortions! 

This dangerous legislation isn't just happening in the states. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for a bill requiring a nation-wide 20-week abortion ban, which if passed, would further victimize women typically facing a devastating medical crisis in their pregnancies. It's all part of a well-funded extremist agenda to reassert control over women's bodies and drum up support for anti-abortion politicians in an election year. 

Will you sign our petition and join us in speaking out against these horrible attacks on women? Tell your lawmakers they must prioritize the health of their constituents and not the national extremist groups that fund their campaigns. 

We hope that all of our dedicated grassroots activists are joining with NOW and our partner organizations today in hosting or attending events for the Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans around the country. 

If you haven’t already registered, you can visit www.stopabortionbans.org to RSVP and use the convenient map to find an event near you! 

Don’t forget to bring along your NOW rounds, stickers and pins. If you live in the Washington, DC area, please join the national NOW team at the U.S. Supreme Court at noon.