Thanks to legislation passed by anti-choice lawmakers, the Virginia Board of Health is considering making permanent regulations that would restrict women's access to reproductive health care. They would force health clinics to meet burdensome and unnecessary requirements.
The result? Some health centers may be forced to close, limiting the continued availability of safe, legal, first-trimester abortion throughout the state.
Virginia's women's health centers provide vital health care services like STD screenings, cancer screenings and family planning services, in addition to providing legal and safe abortions. Burdening their operations with unnecessary regulations would restrict access to these essential services and detrimentally affect young, low-income, uninsured, and minority women by further reducing their health care options.
Tell Virginia regulators you don't support medically unnecessary and burdensome regulations that would restrict women's access to comprehensive health care services.
Governor Bob McDonnell and Virginia State Board of Health members Paul Clements, Kay Curling, John DeTriquet, Eric Deaton, James Edmondson, Jr., Bruce Edwards, Steven Escobar, H. Anna Jeng, Charles Johnson, Bennie Marshall, Mary McCluskey, Bhushan Pandya, M. Catherine Slusher, Gail Taylor and Amy Vest
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I oppose the draft permanent regulations of Virginia abortion providers
Dear Sir or Ma'am,
I am writing to voice my opposition to medically unnecessary and burdensome regulations that would restrict access to women's health care services. TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) has nothing to do with the safe delivery of services to women. In fact, women's health centers in Virginia already follow federal and state regulations and an impressive safety record proves their high standard of care. Of women who have first trimester abortions, 97% experience no complications. Virginia's women's health centers provide preventative reproductive health care services that include STD and HIV screenings, life-saving cancer screenings, and family planning. Medically inappropriate and unnecessarily burdensome regulations would restrict access to these essential services and detrimentally affect young, low-income, uninsured, and minority women by further reducing their health care options. I oppose any regulations that will restrict women's access to comprehensive health care services.I oppose any regulations not based in medical evidence whose sole purpose is to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion care. The Virginia Board of Health is charged with expanding access to health care. I urge you to reject regulations that would harm Virginia women's access to comprehensive health care services and eliminate access to safe, legal abortions.