By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
According to Politico:
[Texas Governor Rick Perry will] be joined by Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, who will replace him as chairman of the Republican Governors Association — a perch that is all but guaranteed to boost McDonnell’s political fortunes by providing a national platform and access to a fundraising network that would be useful in a future run for higher office.
The article goes on to describe McDonnell as a “pragmatic conservative”:
In his nearly two years in office, the Virginia governor has carefully positioned himself as a pragmatic conservative who is fixated on job creation (not the social issues that were important to his early political rise) and capable of working with Democrats to get big things done.
However, we know that McDonnell is focused on social issues, especially when it comes to attempts to undermine the health of Virginia women.
In March, Governor McDonnell signed SB 924, a bill that classifies women’s health centers in the state as a category of hospitals, making them subject to new regulations created by the Department of Health. These laws, called “TRAP laws” for Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, single out abortion providers for new, burdensome regulations.
These laws play politics with women’s health and safety.
After Gov. McDonnell signed the bill into law in March, the “emergency” process for new regulations began; a process meant to limit public comment and participation.
These new regulations could have devastating consequences for women throughout Virginia.
The process will move quickly, which is why we are pleased to announce the launch of the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health website!
The website is a great resource for keeping up with the latest activities regarding new regulations, remembering important dates and learning the latest ways you can get involved to stand up for women’s health in Virginia.
After the Board of Health votes on draft regulation in their September 15th meeting, the regulations will be in the hands of Governor McDonnell. He can then make changes before adopting final regulations.
We have to make sure that any regulations are based in medicine, not politics.
So be sure to visit the website and sign the petition today to help us keep the pressure on the Governor to support regulations based in medicine, not in politics!