ATTN: All American women and men, especially Virginians.
Remember Mississippi's failed 'personhood' bill? The one that would render abortion murder and ban most hormonal contraceptives?
Virginia's House passed a personhood bill last week, with more support than Mississippi's House had. I have no idea why this hasn't really made national news, but if the bill passes in the Senate (and there's actually a fair chance it will), Virginia will have the most backwards, conservative abortion policies in the country, and will set the precedent to lead and justify other states to follow in our path.
This bill is one of many bills on the floor that, under the guise of women's health, is an attempt to stifle the reproductive rights of women. This is serious. Like, really serious.
Please, holy crap, please, if you are a Virginian, and ESPECIALLY if you are a Richmonder, come to the Capitol (9th and Grace) on Monday morning at 11AM.
From the facebook event page:
" CALL FOR ACTION: On Feb 20th at 11 am, we call for 500 women (but men are very welcome and wanted!) to line either side of the walkway between the General Assembly building and the Capitol in SILENCE as our Senators and Representatives pass between the two buildings several times day to work on passing bills oppressive to women and reproductive rights...
The Capitol ground rules say that we cannot assemble, hold signs, chant, yell or protest. We think silence in the face of this struggle and their unconstitutional rules presents the strongest response to their assault on women. Please come out and stand up for our rights and for the rights of all women in VA to choose the best reproductive route for themselves. "
Please, whether you're a Virginian woman or not, this affects you.
Whether you're a Virginia woman or not, please help spread the word.