October 1, 2014 -- Coalition Statement: Women's Health Advocates Applaud Commissioner's Decision to Amend Restrictions on Women's Health Centers."
On December 4, the Virginia Board of Health will meet to decide whether medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s health centers should be amended. Join us and/or speak outin favor of rules based in medicine, not politics!
In 2011, Virginia became 1 of 26 states with a Targeted Restriction of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law. Fifty-nine percent of women in the country now live in a state that has a TRAP law designed specifically to reduce their access to safe, legal, abortion.
Three of 21 women's health centers in Virginia have already been forced to close or stop providing abortion services, in part due to these medically-unnecessary restrictions. If the restrictions remain unchanged, additional health centers will close - cutting off access to preventative and critical health care for thousands of women. Now is our chance to fix these restrictions and keep Virginia women's health centers open!