Statewide poll shows majority of Virginians oppose TRAP

The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, which is made up of state and national women’s health advocates and providers and chaired by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia,  commissioned a public opinion survey from Beck Research, LLC on burdensome targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP).  Beck Research LLC then conducted an independent representative phone survey of Virginia…

Attorney General Wrong to Reject Changes to Regulations for Women’s Health Centers

by Chris Lewis, legal intern: On Monday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that his office would not certify the regulations for first-trimester abortion providers passed by the Board of Health in June.  In a memo sent to Health Commissioner Karen Remley, Mr. Cuccinelli claimed that the board overstepped its authority by inserting a “grandfather clause”…

Calling out the intention of new abortion regulations

We are just over one week out from the September 15 Board of Health meeting in which the Board will vote on new, draft regulations on women’s health centers in Virginia. Since the Virginia Department of Health issued draft regulations a couple of weeks ago, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has been working hard as part of…

Understanding the regulatory process

By Kerry In case you missed it while preparing for Hurricane Irene, the Virginia Department of Health released its much anticipated draft emergency regulations last Friday for women’s health centers providing first-trimester abortions. As NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia executive director, Tarina Keene told Mother Jones earlier this week, the proposed regulations as currently drafted will impose…

Breaking: Statement on draft abortion regulations

Today reminds us just how far we still have to go for women’s equality in the United States. While we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, women’s equal access to comprehensive health care is in danger. Late this afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health issued a draft of new regulations on women’s health centers in Virginia. Be…

We must continue to stand up for women’s health

By NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia As we wrote yesterday, women’s health centers in Virginia will soon be subject to new, politically-motivated regulations. An article in yesterday’s Chesterfield Observer further discussed the upcoming new regulations: Senate Bill 924 passed the General Assembly earlier this year, requiring all health facilities that perform five or more first trimester abortions…

Playing Politics with Women’s Health

Two months ago, at the request of anti-choice legislators Bob Marshall and Ralph Smith, Attorney General Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion stating the Virginia Board of Health has the power to impose stricter regulations on first-trimester abortion providers. Fast forward to the end of September: the Manassas City Council, rather than dealing with pressing city…