After weeks of fighting off anti-choice legislation, we thought the battle for this session was done.
However, the House of Delegates recently passed a bill requiring the Board of Health to issue regulations for hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities. Although the bill had nothing to do with abortion care, anti-choice delegates decided to use the bill to sneak through their ideological agenda.
The House passed the bill with an amendment changing the definition of hospitals to “facilities in which five or more first trimester abortions per month are performed.” This amendment subjects abortion providers to unwarranted, unnecessary, and costly new restrictions that could restrict or end access to first-trimester abortion in Virginia!
We must not let this last-minute effort pass in our state. If it does, it could have incredibly serious consequences for the reproductive health and rights of Virginia women!