FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2022
Press Contact: Izzie Taveras, email@example.com
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – Today, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Democrats) released a Reproductive Rights Action Center in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization expected later this month. The Action Center, located at arlingtondemocrats.org/roe, aims to provide resources to voters on how to protect and expand abortion rights and access in Virginia.
“I’m really excited that Arlington Democrats can provide this resource to Arlingtonians,” said Arlington Democrats Chair Steve Baker. “It’s critical that women and transgender people know that Arlington Democrats stand with them right now as the Supreme Court is on the precipice of overturning nearly fifty years of precedent, putting their lives at risk.”
In light of the draft opinion leak in May, the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade in a matter of days. Securing and maintaining a pro-abortion-rights Democratic majority in Congress and the Virginia General Assembly is an important priority for Arlington Democrats in this year’s midterms and next year’s legislative elections.
The Action Center provides community members, volunteers, and campaigns with the resources they need to take immediate action to protect and expand abortion access in the Commonwealth, including information on Virginia-based reproductive justice organizations, abortion funds, volunteer opportunities, and events to attend. It also features fact sheets on abortion law in Virginia and federally, how to talk about abortion with voters, and information on receiving abortion care in Virginia.
“It’s our hope that others use this Action Center as well. Now is a time for Democrats to channel our anger over the Supreme Court into action by mobilizing voters for 2022 and 2023 and by providing tangible resources and support to those who will be affected if Roe is overturned,” Baker said.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned later this month, it will be the first time in this country’s history the Supreme Court retracts a fundamental right as recognized by the Constitution. Abortion will remain legal in Virginia, but we cannot take that right for granted. The Commonwealth is a safe haven for people across the South who need abortion care, and it’s essential we remain so for Virginians as well as the many others who will face tougher abortion bans in their home states without federal protection.
The Reproductive Rights Action Center will help Virginians channel their anger over the decision into immediate action to protect abortion rights and elect Democrats who will fight for legislation that codifies Roe.