Last Chance to Speak Out and Make Public Comment!
The new rules for women’s health centers may be final, but the Board of Health STILL needs to hear from you!
June 19th marks the end of the final 30-day public comment period on new regulations for Virginia women's health centers and the last step in a two-year saga to oppose the regulations and keep our clinics open.
We're not going down without a fight - and we need your help!
In April, the Board of Health approved final regulations -- despite overwhelming opposition from Virginia’s medical community, legal experts, women’s health advocates, and the people of Virginia. Since then Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli officially signed off on the regulations, and one of our longest-serving women’s health centers has already been forced to close. Now, in this final stage of the regulatory process, Virginians have one last chance to make public comment before the regulations go into effect.
Tell the Board of Health that you are NOT giving up. CLICK HERE to visit the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website and submit a comment to the Board of Health.
Here are some suggested talking points to use when submitting comment:
- The regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the Commonwealth, further marginalizing young, low-income, uninsured, and minority women by decreasing their health care options.
- The regulations impose unnecessary, burdensome building requirements that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit. These building requirements will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care and are designed to force women’s health centers to close.
- The regulations will increase the financial hurdles to health care for patients, with no proven medical benefit to patients. Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less.
- The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. Hundreds of medical professionals throughout the state have spoken against unnecessary, burdensome building requirements, calling on the Board of Health to rely on evidence-based medicine, not politics. The evidence shows that Virginia’s women’s health care centers are safe, trusted providers.
Thank you for taking action!