National Organization for Women (NOW)

For Immediate Release


M.E. Ficarra, press@now.org951-547-1241

"National Organization for Women and Feminist Majority Endorse Northam, Fairfax, and Herring in Virginia"

WASHINGTON - The National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Feminist Majority are proud to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and Mark Herring for Attorney General of Virginia. Women win with these three feminist candidates who each have proven track records of championing the issues important to women.

“The Northam-Fairfax-Herring team will guarantee that we keep women’s health clinics open in Virginia. If the Gillespie-Vogel-Adams team had their way, they would ban safe, legal abortion and close women’s health clinics,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority.

“No question, one team is a fighter for women, the other would strip away the rights of women. We must turn out the vote and protect women’s right to birth control and safe, accessible abortion,” said Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Northam, Fairfax, and Herring will fight to expand access to abortion and affordable birth control for all women, while their opponents have vowed to ban abortion, oppose Medicaid expansion to 400,000 Virginians, and limit access to birth control. As a state senator, Northam led the fight against the cruel and invasive transvaginal ultrasound mandate, a bill that was sponsored by Fairfax’s opponent for Lieutenant Governor, Jill Vogel.

As leaders of the Commonwealth, Northam, Fairfax, and Herring will advocate for commonsense gun safety laws including background checks, an assault weapons ban, and closing the Gun Show Loophole. Meanwhile, their opponents all received A ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and oppose commonsense gun reform.

Northam, Fairfax, and Herring are committed to making Virginia public colleges more affordable and will fight to reduce the burden of oppressive student loan debt. But their opponents want to drain public school funding, prevent DREAMers from accessing educational opportunities, and increase student loan interest rates.

From environmental justice, to LGBT equality, to ending sexual violence, the Northam-Fairfax-Herring ticket is clearly the key to moving Virginia women forward. Vote on November 7 for the team that champions women.


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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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