Unprecedented Abortion Regulations Taking Effect
For Immediate Release: June 20, 2013
Contact: Alena Yarmosky, firstname.lastname@example.org, (240) 595-2972
STATEMENT ON UNPRECEDENTED ABORTION REGULATIONS TAKING EFFECT IN VIRGINIA TODAY; COULD SHUTTER MAJORITY OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINICS BY 2014
The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health issued the following statement today in response to the first day of the Commonwealth’s unprecedented targeted regulations on abortion providers taking effect:
After two years of backroom bullying and willful manipulation of the law, Virginia’s anti-choice politicians have officially succeeded in putting an extreme ideology before the health and rights of Virginia women. Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have spent the last two years playing politics with Virginians’ basic rights and healthcare – and today they are responsible for implementing some of the most extreme state abortion laws in the country.
These regulations – like other attempts to chip away at reproductive freedom both here and across the country – are a blatant move to impose a back door ban on safe, legal, abortion care. Because of the callous actions of our governor and attorney general, thousands of Virginia women and families will soon find themselves without access to the critical healthcare they need. It’s a devastating day for the Commonwealth.
Tarina Keene, co-chair, Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health; and executive director, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said:
"As these unprecedented regulations on abortion providers take effect across Virginia, we have already witnessed their intended effects, the unfortunate closing of the state’s longest serving abortion provider – Hillcrest Clinic in Norfolk. We fear in the coming year, when these regulations require Virginia’s first trimester abortion providers to architecturally transform themselves into hospitals, many of the remaining 19 women’s health centers will follow suit simply due to the onerous and expensive nature of these requirements that have nothing to do with patient health and safety.
"Fortunately, this month, Falls Church Health Center filed the first lawsuit against the regulations. The Coalition backs the center’s efforts to fight these burdensome and politically motivated requirements."
Katherine Greenier, co-chair, Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health; and Director of Patricia M. Arnold Women's Rights Project, ACLU of Virginia, said:
"These regulations are a scar on the great tradition of integrity and public service of the Virginia Board of Health as it succumbs to political pressure on a set of rules that place politics ahead of women’s safety and health.
ABOUT THE VIRGINIA COALITION TO PROTECT WOMEN’S HEALTH