"Stand for Women's Rights" Rally

WomensRightsRallyRichmond, Virginia — February 20, 2012 — Today I spoke at the "Stand for Women's Rights" Rally at the Richmond Capitol. Over one thousand people stood together to fight the demeaning and invasive assault on Women's Rights launched by the Republican majority in Richmond. The extreme politics of the GOP is interfering with how doctors practice medicine and puts the health and safety of Virginia women at risk. Virginia will soon be the most restrictive state in the country on the protection of reproductive rights and access to abortion. Together we must stop this madness.

 

Photo Credit: Catherine Read

Photo Taken by Catherine Read


UPDATE:

 

February 22— Richmond, VA— Over one thousand demonstrators lined the walkways outside Richmond’s Capitol building on Monday in silent protest to Republican legislation that would dismantle reproductive rights in Virginia.

 

Senator Favola told the crowd, “You are taking on one of the most important civil rights battles of our century. We have a couple of Members of the General Assembly who happen to be Republicans, who ran saying, we are not going to interfere in people’s lives, and we don’t support big government, but this is the height of hypocrisy. We have never seen legislation that is as intrusive and demeaning as the ultrasound bill that this body is voting on now. The party of small government is actually going to put big government into a doctor’s office, actually telling doctors how to practice medicine, and that is outrageous, just outrageous. And I will tell you that because ultrasounds are not medically necessary before an abortion forcing women to go through this procedure is emotional backmail. Moreover, insurance companies will not cover it, insured and uninsured women alike will pay out of pocket.

“If that’s not enough, there’s this ‘Personhood’ bill. I want to take a moment to tell every woman and every man that you should be concerned about this bill. With this bill, doctors will be afraid to act in the best interests of their patients. For example, an entopic pregnancy, a fatal condition if untreated, exists when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus in a fallopian tube. This egg would have the same rights as the woman whose life is endangered, even though the pregnancy is not viable, will never result in a live birth, and will kill the woman every time. And because the doctor is unsure of the legal status of that egg, the doctor will be afraid to intervene to save the life of the woman. We have to stand up and say no to this, we have to say no way. We have to stop this assault on women. I wish I could tell you it will be easy but it will not be. We have to get these proposals out in the news, because people don’t know how oppressive this Republican agenda is. But I know that when you assault the rights of one group, you assault the rights of everybody.”



IN THE MEDIA:

 

"Democratic State Sen. Barbara Favola said she also heard Republicans may be caving under the pressure from women voters. 'They’re backing off because they’re now hearing from women about it,' she said. 'Yesterday we had hundreds of women line the walkway between General Assembly and the Capitol in silent protest.'


"...A staffer said Byron was aware of all the medical implications of the bill, including the fact that the procedure would be physically invasive, before she sponsored it.

 

"But Sen. Favola said one solution Republicans have circulated to back away from the controversy is amending the bill’s language to state that doctors may perform an ultrasound on a woman if the procedure is deemed medically necessary. 'It’s absolutely silly,' she said. 'What are they doing? Do they just want to show they have power over women’s bodies? If an ultrasound is medically needed, the doctor is already doing it. This is the most demeaning piece of legislation you could come up with.'"

 

The Brandt Standard, 2/27/2012

 

"While the ultrasound bill was seen as an invasion of privacy, the personhood bill will be an actual threat to women’s lives, Favola told a rally earlier this week at the Capitol in Richmond.

 

“'With this bill, doctors will be afraid to act in the best interests of their patients. For example, an ectopic pregnancy, a fatal condition if untreated, exists when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus in a fallopian tube. This egg would have the same rights as the woman whose life is endangered, even though the pregnancy is not viable, will never result in a live birth, and will kill the woman every time,' she said.

 

“'And because the doctor is unsure of the legal status of that egg, the doctor will be afraid to intervene to save the life of the woman,' she warned."

 

Fairfax News, 2/23/2012

 

"Democratic state Sen. Barbara Favola said she also heard Republicans may be caving under the pressure from women voters. 'They're backing off because they're now hearing from women about it,' she said. 'Yesterday we had hundreds of women line the walkway between General Assembly and the Capitol in silent protest.'


"...Sen. Favola said one solution Republicans have circulated to back away from the controversy is amending the bill's language to state that doctors may perform an ultrasound on a woman if the procedure is deemed medically necessary. 'It's absolutely silly,' she said. 'What are they doing? Do they just want to show they have power over women's bodies? If an ultrasound is medically needed, the doctor is already doing it. This is the most demeaning piece of legislation you could come up with.'"


Huffington Post, 2/22/2012



"Northern Virginia delegates have largely led the charge against the measure, with Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) warning it would  make Virginia 'a national laughingstock' and Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington-Fairfax) calling it 'emotional blackmail.'

 

"Favola told a rally at the Capitol that fighting to repeal the measure will be 'one of the most important civil rights battles of our century.'  Favola suggested that insurance companies will refuse to pay for the ultrasound, forcing the cost onto individual patients."

 

Fairfax News, 2/22/2012


 

"Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington-Fairfax) has called it 'emotional blackmail' and told a rally at the Capitol that fighting to repeal the measure will be 'one of the most important civil rights battles of our century.'  Favola suggested that insurance companies will refuse to pay for the ultrasound, forcing the cost onto individual patients."


Fairfax News, 2/21/2012



"At an afternoon rally, Sen. Barbara A. Favola, D-Arlington, called the measure 'emotional blackmail' and 'demeaning' to women.

 

"'You are really taking on one of the most important civil rights battles of our century,' she told hundreds gathered at the Bell Tower.

 

"Favola said she feared the requirement could also be a costly one, saying that insurance companies would probably not cover the ultrasound procedure because it was 'not medically necessary.'"


Richmond Times Dispatch, 2/21/2012



"Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, said the ultrasound bill is 'emotional blackmail.'"

 

Fredericksburg News Desk, 2/21/2012



"'I'm intellectually, personally, emotionally angry and distraught over this,' said Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington. 'Why we want to repeal the 20th century, I don't know.'

 

"Favola calls the bill a 'very extreme agenda' that a group of people are trying to force on an entire state."


WTOP, 2/20/2012



Rally 2.20

Photo Taken by Catherine Read

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