January 15, 2016


Richmond, VA - Today, the Chairs of the Women’s Healthcare Caucus issued statements denouncing the rhetoric of Delegate Rick Morris (R- Isle of Wight), who compared abortion to slavery on the House floor yesterday. Del. Morris also implied that pro-choice advocates “walked with Satan” and that the Black Lives Matter movement supported violence against police officers.

Barbara Favola, Senate Chair of the Women’s Healthcare Caucus:

“Delegate Morris’s comments are insulting to African Americans and the majority of Virginians who support access to safe and legal abortions. As Senate Chair of the Women’s Healthcare Caucus, I reject the partisan and inflammatory rhetoric used by my colleague in the House. A woman’s right to choose is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court - we should respect that.”


Kaye Kory, House Chair of the Women’s Healthcare Caucus:

“Women have the right to make their own healthcare decisions without partisan politics entering the doctor’s office. Delegate Morris’s comments do a disservice to the civil discourse that Virginians expect from their lawmakers, and insult women by linking their reproductive healthcare choices with slavery as our “national sin,” and distort a decision that should be left between a woman and her doctor.”


The Women’s Healthcare Caucus focuses on the essential issues that affect women’s health: including Medicaid Expansion, paid family leave, increased family planning services and comprehensive reproductive healthcare options. The Caucus is committed to ensuring that every Virginian woman receives the healthcare she needs at an affordable price.



The Women’s Healthcare Caucus meets every Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Senate Conference Room 3 East, General Assembly Building. Caucus members include lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Caucus Chairs Senator Favola and Delegate Kory, as well as relevant stakeholders: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Progress VA, JCDC, The ACLU of Virginia, and the League of Women Voters of Virginia.


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