One More Day to Scrap TRAP

The first 60 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have dealt us blow after blow. Between signing the Global Gag Rule (just three days after the monumentally successful Women’s March on Washington!), Muslim Ban 1.0 and 2.0, vows to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and growing evidence of Russian interference in our election process, we’ve come to brace ourselves for bad news.

Something really great is brewing right here in Virginia, though – and we need your help just one more time to make it reality.

Back in 2013, the Virginia Board of Health voted to adopt a series of regulations, called Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP) to impose medically-unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers. The regulations were designed to shut clinics down, making it harder for women to access the safe, legal healthcare they deserve and need.

To be clear, TRAP Laws did nothing to improve a woman’s health and safety and everything to strip away her constitutional right to an abortion.

Since then, advocates across Virginia have been pressuring their representatives, the Governor, and the Board of Health to undo the regulations.Thanks to your hard work, it’s almost over.

In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled against a Texas TRAP law in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, saying that the law provided no discernible benefit to women but in fact created an unconstitutional undue burden to those seeking an abortion. That set a great precedent but didn’t automatically repeal TRAP laws in other states, like Virginia.

Terry TRAP Amendments
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam with Reproductive Rights Advocates after approving TRAP Repeal amendments in JANUARY

Nevertheless this past October, the Board of Health voted to repeal the worst of the restrictions and in January, Governor Terry McAuliffe approved those amendments. Now, the final step: those amendments are open for a public comment period – but that period ends tomorrow.

Help us make sure the Board of Health knows Virginia supports TRAP repeal. Click here to send a message directly to the Board of Health: It’s time to repeal these sham restrictions once and for all. It’s time to scrap TRAP.


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