On April 20, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health–VA Latina Advocacy Network hosted an Act for Women Town Hall with Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8). Called the State of Reproductive Health Talk Back, the event featured a community panel addressing the barriers Virginia women face in obtaining abortion care.
Panelists included Tarina Keene of NARAL–VA, Mara Kaiser of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, D.C., Kat Olivera from Falls Church Healthcare Center, plus representatives from NLIRH. Staffers from Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and Sen. Mark Warner also attended. Dialogue focused on the impact of abortion restrictions in Virginia and the decline of clinics and access. It was an opportunity for the community’s concerns to be heard and to affirm the need for the Women’s Health Protection Act.