Dr. Ralph Northam from Norfolk, Virginia, has won the Democratic primary for the Virginia Lieutenant Governor race with 56% of the vote.
Northam, who is a pediatric neurologist, is also the only physician in the Virginia state Senate. He has been an outspoken voice against anti-choice measures in the state including the transvaginal ultrasound bill that gained national attention and the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law that has already closed abortion clinics in the state.
Northam will run on the Democratic ticket alongside Terry McAuliffe for governor and Mark Herring for attorney general. The Republican ticket will have current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli running for governor and minister E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor
Media Resources: Associated Press 6/11/2013; Burke Patch 6/11/2013; Washington Post 6/11/2013
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .