Actress, breast cancer survivor and out lesbian Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda from Sex and the City, and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who became famous after congressional Republicans refused to allow her to testify on whether health insurance plans should cover birth control, are slated to appear at the Falls Church, Va., headquarters of the Obama for America campaign at 5 p.m. this evening as part of a phone-banking event, the Obama campaign confirmed in an e-mail to Metro Weekly.
The Falls Church stop caps off a day of media events held throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. They appeared earlier at events with other Obama supporters and health professionals who support the president in other cities such as Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Fredericksburg.
Nixon and Fluke are expected to speak to phone-bankers about the importance of getting out the vote in a crucial swing state, and are expected to share their personal stories about the importance of an Obama presidency in making progress on women’s health issues. In Falls Church, they will be joined by Kendra Gaarder, a recent graduate student from the University of Virginia’s nursing school who serves as a volunteer for the Obama campaign.
The Nixon-Fluke tour is part of the Obama campaign’s continued outreach to women voters, who make up a cornerstone of the president’s support in the state. Virginia, besides being a battleground state at the presidential level, has also been home to several controversies, among them a bill to require pregnant women considering an abortion to have a transvaginal ultrasound.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), sometimes considered a potential future candidate for the presidency, later pulled his support for the transvaginal ultrasound bill and signed an amended version into law that allowed women to “opt out” of the more invasive ultrasound and undergo a transabdominal, or external, ultrasound.