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Arlington Young Dems Rally for Women’s Health

Arlington Young Dems with Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards and Virginia’s House Minority Whip, Delegate Charniele Herring

On Sunday, members of the Arlington Young Democrats of Arlington, Virginia attended Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Women Are Watching” National Bus Stop & Rally in Arlington, Virginia. The stop in Arlington is part of Planned Parenthood’s “Women are Watching” National Bus Tour which is crisscrossing the country,  and educating the voters about what’s at stake for women’s health in November.

As many know, Virginia has been on the frontlines on the women’s health battle.

Virginia’s Republican controlled legislature attempted to pass many bills that would have undermined women’s health and their decisions, among them:

  • “a personhood” bill that would have outlawed many forms of birth control and invitro-fertilization treatments for women (so radical a bill even the voters in Mississippi rejected it on the ballot);
  • a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound bill, a medically unnecessary and invasive procedure before an abortion.

The trans-vaginal mandatory ultrasound bill created so much outrage,  the Virginia legislature was fodder for Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Light, Stephen Colbert, and Jon Stewart. Stewart even came to Richmond to film one of his shows there.

So obviously, Planned Parenthood picked Arlington as one of its two stops in Virginia.

Among the rally’s speakers were former DNC Chair, Virginia Governor, and now US Senate Candidate, Tim Kaine and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. I was honored to be asked to speak on behalf of young people as part of the rally’s program.

As part of my remarks, I said: “We, the Millenials, (as they like to call us) have to remain vigilant against the political assaults on women’s health. We must channel our frustration and real-life concerns into productive activism, rallies, phone banking, and canvassing, getting out the vote amongst our peers, because this election matters for our future.”

Young people, especially young women, are not only watching, we’re taking action.

Atima Omara-Alwala
National Vice President
Young Democrats of America