NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Statement On Unnecessary New Abortion Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2010

THE ERA OF THE MCDONNELL-CUCCINELLI ATTACKS ON CHOICE BEGINS

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to support Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s action against abortion providers.

“The actions of the last two days are a wake-up call for Virginians. It’s clear that Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are working hand in hand to undermine women’s health and privacy in the commonwealth,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “McDonnell and Cuccinelli are the same politicians who have vowed to outlaw abortion but now want to reinvent themselves as protectors of women’s health. That’s unconscionable, and the public won’t buy it. If the McDonnell-Cuccinelli agenda succeeds, we could see 17 of the 21 abortion providers disappear from Virginia, eliminating women’s access to abortion and other services, such as birth control and cancer screenings, that these medical facilities provide.”

Background Information: Timeline of Cuccinelli’s Failed Legislative Efforts to Propose Medically Unnecessary Restrictions on Abortion Providers

VA S 146 (introduced 1/14/2004; defeated 2/27/05)- Restricts the performance of all abortions to hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers, imposing costly, burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements on abortion providers. Amends the definition of “hospital” to include any clinic or other facility performing 25 or more abortions per year. Subjects these abortion providers to regulations that govern hospitals.

VA S 839 (introduced 1/12/2005; defeated 2/27/05)- Restricts the performance of most abortions to hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers, imposing costly, burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements on abortion providers. Specifies that any facility that performs 25 or more abortions per year be designated as an outpatient surgical hospital. Also includes a list of regulations for abortion clinics, regarding administrative duties, staffing, emergency treatment, physical plant (i.e. door width) requirements, evacuation plans, etc.

VA S 580 (introduced1/11/2006; defeated 2/9/06)- Subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions. Requires physicians who perform abortions to be certified to practice surgery or OB/GYN.

Additionally, see editorials in today’s Washington Post and Virginian-Pilot editorializing against the opinion.

Also, see Executive Director Tarina Keene on last night’s Rachel Maddow Show.

Contact: Tarina Keene, 757.287.3356

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