We have 24 hours to stop the latest attack on abortion access in Virginia!
Just to recap:
Earlier this week, Del. Kathy Byron (R-Campbell County) proposed an amendment to SB 924, changing the definition of hospitals to include “facilities in which five or more first trimester abortions per month are performed.” That means, if the bill passes and is signed into law, Virginia would become the first state in the country requiring first-trimester abortions take place in a hospital!
Because the rules and regulations for hospitals (including size of parking lot, hallways, elevator doors and other architectural requirements) would require massive, cost-prohibitive structural changes, most of Virginia first-trimester abortion providers could be forced to close their doors. This amendment would further limit Virginia women’s already-limited access to abortion; all for the sake of political ideology.
After hearing testimony for and against the bill this afternoon, the Senate passed by the bill for the day. This means they will hear and vote on it tomorrow!
It is imperative we not let anti-choice extremists remove access to necessary, reproductive health care in the Commonwealth. In addition to providing vital abortion services, many first-trimester abortion providers in Virginia also offer a range of reproductive care. Shuttering these offices could leave many women without access to basic care!
Because conservative Democrats such as Senator Charles Colgan (D-Prince William) and Senator Phillip Puckett (D-Russell) have come out in support of the bill, we expect the vote to be incredibly close. So please contact your senator immediately and urge her or him to oppose SB 924!
We will not let anti-choice zealots end access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. Please stand with us and contact your senator today!
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