CLARENDON, Va. – Governor McAuliffe last night received the Brick Wall Award during the NARAL 15th Anniversary "Power of Choice" Gala Celebration and Awards. The award was presented to the Governor for being a "brick wall" for Virginia women's reproductive rights.
Governor McAuliffe campaigned on a promise to prevent radicals from stripping the rights of women in Virginia. Since taking office, his administration has made it a top priority to protect women from policies that would block their access to health care, defund basic services like cancer screenings and STD tests, and undermine marriage equality.
The Governor has signed legislation sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn that requires health plans that provide coverage for hormonal contraceptives to cover up to a 12-month supply at one time. He also rolled back regulations that were a thinly-veiled attempt to shutter women’s health clinics and deny access to abortion.
"With the support of Democrats in the General Assembly, Governor McAuliffe's veto pen has been the only tool separating Virginia women from these harmful, unpopular, and fringe policies," said DPVA spokeswoman Katie Baker. "We congratulate Governor McAuliffe on this well-deserved award."