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State Abortion Bans Cause Pharmacies to Withhold Medication

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392, 597 U.S. _ (2022) declaring that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right to abortion. At least eight states banned abortion the day the ruling was released and 13 more have so-called “trigger laws” that will prohibit abortion within 30 days after Dobbs.

As disastrous as these laws are for reproductive freedom, they do not just ban abortion. They ban access to several important medications used to treat chronic illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease because they could be used to induce medical abortions and that has caused some doctors and pharmacists, worried about liability, to start cancelling prescriptions for any drugs that could arguably cause a medical abortion.

From Poverty to Politics: My Campaign for Virginia Senate

My name is Ben Litchfield and I am seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia Senate District 27, which is centered around Fredericksburg, Virginia, just 53 miles south of Washington, D.C. If elected, I would be the youngest State Senator at 35 and the only Millennial Democrat. Growing up as a poor kid in the trailer park, I never imagined that I would be in the position to run for State Senate. But, here I am, and I owe it to a strong social safety net. I’m running to rebuild that safety net here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

How a Berkshires-born candidate got in the middle of Virginia’s abortion access fight

PITTSFIELD — Ben Litchfield, who was born in Berkshire County 35 years ago, announced in February he was going to run for Virginia’s state Senate. At the time, he highlighted issues like jobs, transportation and education.

That has changed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “Instead of being a local race focused on local issues, it has become a national race and a referendum on the movement of the far right to restrict abortion access,” said Litchfield.

Press Release: Ben Litchfield Statement on Dobbs v Jackson SCOTUS Ruling

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Today, Ben Litchfield, candidate for the Virginia State Senate District 27, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s opinion on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“A group of unelected activist judges have declared over 167.5 million people do not have the fundamental right to make private medical decisions free from government intrusion overturning 50 years of precedent.

Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor have made it clear in their dissent that the effect of this opinion is that “from the very moment of fertilization a woman has no rights to speak of” and that “whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

Governor Youngkin has wasted no time in calling for new laws to do just that: to restrict their rights to reproductive healthcare thus diminishing their status as free and equal citizens.

One vote in the Virginia Senate is all that protects us from becoming the next Mississippi or Texas. One vote. We need to expand our majority in the Virginia Senate by electing more pro-choice Democrats.
We have a duty to stand up for women and their equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Commentary: Local waste issues shine light on anti-trust laws

For many years, I had a routine. On Sunday night, I would gather my trash together from the week and put it out for County Waste to collect on Monday morning before I woke up. Like clockwork, about 5:00 a.m., the garbage truck would rumble down my street in southern Stafford and pick up my weekly trash. They were never late. That’s why it surprised me when our new garbage company, GFL Environmental, did not pick up our trash until Wednesday morning. And it appears that I am not alone.