Outrageous: Virginia Board of Health approves dangerous TRAP regs

By Sandra Sanchez, Advocacy and Communications Intern In an 11 to 2 vote last Friday, the Virginia Board of Health bowed to pressure from Attorney General Cuccinelli and  approved targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP), burdensome regulations on women’s health centers which threaten to close the majority of Virginia abortion providers as early as 2014….

Stop Attorney General Cuccinelli & help us keep our clinics open!

By Alena Yarmosky, Advocacy & Communications Manager This Friday, the fate of women’s health and safety in Virginia will be decided. The Virginia Board of Health will meet on Friday April 12th for its final vote on TRAP regulations, politically motivated and burdensome hospital construction requirements that could force the majority of Virginia’s women’s health…

Anti-choice politicians waste no time restricting choice

By Staff The Virginia General Assembly began this past Wednesday. Only three days in, anti-choice lawmakers wasted no time ignoring the economy, education and transportation and instead working to intrude in the personal, medical decisions of Virginia women and families. In case you missed it, here is an overview of this week in Richmond. Allies…

Attorney General Cuccinelli: practicing medicine without a license?

By Staff This weekend, we got more evidence that Virginia’s new regulations singling out abortion providers are about one thing only: a political agenda to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. On Saturday, Larry O’Dell of the Associated Press released a story titled, “Some medical advisors question abortion rules.” The story focused on…

Thank you Senator Houck

By staff Sadly, we just learned that pro-choice Senator Edd Houck, who has served in the Virginia state Senate for nearly three decades, has conceded the race for state Senate District 17. During his time in the state General Assembly and as chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, Senator Houck has been…

What does yesterday’s election mean for choice?

By staff Yesterday was one of the biggest elections for choice in Virginia in the past few years. From 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. voters across the state went to the polls to vote on all 140 General Assembly seats. At stake this year was the state Senate, which is currently mixed-choice. This means that…

The anti-choice attacks continue

We’re one week out from Virginia’s 2011 statewide elections, and the anti-choice attacks continue. National anti-choice organizations are focused on attacking state Senator Edd Houck (Senate District 17), and they’re using outrageous smears about Planned Parenthood and other women’s healthcare providers to do it, including racially-charged attacks that disrespect black women’s reproductive decisions. As we told you last week,…

What will you do now Governor McDonnell?

By: Staff This past Saturday, hundreds of pro-choice activists gathered in Monroe Park in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Our message to Governor McDonnell was simple – end the war on Virginia women. We heard from college students, young women, abortion providers, members of the faith community, state elected officials and national activists and organizers. Carmen Berkley,…

Virginia Congressmen stand up to attacks on women’s health

By: Staff This morning, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia was on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where two Virginia Congressmen stood up to Governor McDonnell’s attacks on women’s health. U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (VA-08) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined with the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health to sign our petition calling for Governor Bob McDonnell to reject…

Pro-choice champions under attack

By: Staff Just over a month away from the November 8 statewide election in Virginia, anti-choice politicians and groups are pulling out all the stops. Their ultimate goal – to take over the General Assembly and pursue an aggressive campaign to undermine women’s health. In Senate District 17 in Fredericksburg, long-time pro-choice champion Edd Houck…

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…