Shining the Light: Accessing Abortion in Virginia is a documentary that features four Virginians’ stories and their experiences accessing abortion care. Rebecca, Avantae, Lindsey, and Lorena all come from different backgrounds and had various reasons for accessing abortion care. They are speaking out now to ensure that everyone knows what it looks like to decide that having an abortion is the right choice for your family and access that health care.
Since 2010, anti-abortion extremists attempted to pass more than 80 different restrictions on abortion access here in Virginia. This timeline shows how they passed legislation designed to shut down clinics and prevent people in our community from accessing abortion care. But since anti-abortion zealots lost power, we’ve been able to beat back the restrictions and pass proactive legislation that ensures everyone can decide for themselves whether, how, and when to have children. Check out the timeline to see how it all happened.