How can you help? See our easy to use action items below.
Gov. McDonnell continues to play politics with women's health. We need you to join us today to stop this latest assault on reproductive rights!
- Sign the petition calling on the governor to stop playing politics with women's health
- Contact the governor to urge him to stand with Virginia women during the permanent regulatory process
- Write to your local paper
- Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vacoalitionwh
We need pro-choice activists like you to help us educate Virginians about the regulatory process and the impact that new medically unnecessary regulations on abortion providers could have on women's access to health care.
When Gov. McDonnell signed SB 924 into law in March of 2011, he reclassified women's health centers in Virginia as a category of hospital, subjecting them to new burdensome regulations that were drafted by the Department of Health. The regulations threatened the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and comprehensive reproductive health care throughout the state. Rather than implement medically- proven policies, on September 15, 2011 the Board of Health passed temporary regulations that will put women’s health at risk
After the governor approved those temporary regulations, the Department of Health crafted proposed permanent regulations that went before the Board of Health for a vote on June 15, 2012 and again on September 14, 2012. The votes by the Board in June and September reflect changes in the draft of the permanent regulations - the Board must continue to reject onerous and unnecessary building requirements when the new rules go before them again in the final stage of the process for these regulations. We must call on the governor and Board to reject onerous and unnecessary regulations.