April 12, 2013 – The Virginia Board of Health today defied the recommendations of legal and medical experts – and the protest of thousands of Virginians – in voting 11-2 to subject women’s health centers that provide abortion care and other reproductive and sexual health services to medically-unnecessary building requirements. These targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP) require Virginia’s first-trimester abortion providers to comply with architectural standards written for newly-constructed hospitals – standards not required of any other outpatient facility or existing hospital in the commonwealth. As approved by the Board of Health, these unprecedented regulations will likely force the majority of first-trimester abortion providers in Virginia to close due to the expense and difficulty required to reconstruct existing facilities.
Virginia NOW labels these regulations the “Cuccinelli-McDonnell clinic-closing regulations” because they are a result of the political agenda and anti-women ideology of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Governor Bob McDonnell. As you know, Cuccinelli is running to be the next governor. If elected, he will be in position to further escalate his blatant career- long crusade against women’s access to reproductive health care. What can we do?
We’re activists! We’re angry, outraged, sad. What should we do to express our feelings? My personal response: get involved in the political process by working for candidates who will safeguard women’s rights and defeating candidates who will take away our rights and freedoms. By getting involved I mean REALLY INVOLVED – going to political meetings, volunteering for a candidate, giving money to candidates, going door-to-door for a candidate, making phone calls, doing data entry, handing out literature, talking to your neighbors. You get the idea. Perhaps you could be a candidate yourself.
What will you do? Post a message on the Virginia NOW facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it for you (anonymously if you wish).
Make this a turning point. Turn anger into action.
Thank you for all you do to safeguard women’s health and lives.