Since the early 1990s, public records show, Brigham’s patients have suffered emergency hysterectomies, severe bowel injuries, severed ureters, and sweeping lacerations to the uterus. Over a period of two decades, Brigham has been barred from practicing medicine in at least six states, sued by his landlords and business associates, and even served jail time for failing to pay taxes. And yet today, Brigham remains in control of a network of 15 abortion clinics in four states, and there appears little that most state authorities are able—or willing—to do about it.
A new report from the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation shows that crisis pregnancy centers are misleading and in some cases obstructing patients from accessing abortion services, and they are doing so under the auspices of being sanctioned by the state.
A lawsuit filed in state court argues Virginia’s TRAP regulations are arbitrary and capricious.
Signed into effect in late December after a two-year back-and-forth between the state health board and the vehemently anti-choice governor’s administration, the medically unnecessary requirements will force many clinics to invest significant amounts of money in upgrades and modifications or else close.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I’ll be interviewing Melissa Silverstein about her new book on female directors. Anti-choice extremists make a bid to wrest control away from Virginia’s Republican Party, and an abstinence-only propagandist is exposed by a high school student with a smart phone in Tennessee.
Virginia got a rush of bad coverage last year, when the term “transvaginal ultrasound” momentarily forced the nation to realize what a bunch of prurient misogynists had taken over the state government, but unfortunately the end result has been basically nothing.
Bob Fitzsimmonds, the treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia and a former aide to anti-choice state Attorney General (then-Senator) Ken Cuccinelli, gave this 20-minute interview at the recent Virginia Republican Convention. In it, Fitzsimmonds says, among other things, “I’m not a big fan of contraception, frankly. … I think there are some issues with giving morning-after pills to 12-year-olds, and pretty soon I guess we’ll hand them out to babies, I don’t know” (13:30). He also makes some scientifically inaccurate claims about sexually transmitted infections and sex education (7:45 and 9:10). [via Blue Virginia]
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel announced that she is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, while Virginia Republicans selected Bishop E.W. Jackson as their nominee for lieutenant governor in this year’s election.
We have come a long way toward declaring certain inalienable human rights, but too often issues that disproportionately affect women are left out.
The governor may have signed the bill into law, but activists aren’t ready to accept defeat.