For one thing, health care doesn’t live up to its own name if it segregates and excludes the medical needs—including abortion, contraception, and family planning—of some because of the discriminatory belief systems of others.
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.
A clinic that has seen women walk through its doors for four decades is being shuttered due to a new law forcing it to either rebuild its facilities or close.
An amendment to ban abortion coverage in the Virginia exchange, even if it’s paid for out-of-pocket, passed by just one vote.
Not content to remove coverage once, the governor is tacking amendments to ensure abortion coverage is really, really banned.
The governor will ring in the new year with a bill that could close many of the clinics in the state.
Not happy that the Board of Health isn’t shutting down more Virginia abortion clinics, the Attorney General is telling them to meet again.
After a year of signing laws and regulations decried by medical professionals as unnecessary and costly intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship, Bob McDonnell has suddenly found religion on medical evidence. At least a little bit. He now says he will not sign mandatory trasn-vaginal ultrasounds into law. But he’ll restrict women’s rights other ways.
Let’s start calling these bills what they are: state-sanctioned rape. There is no other way around it.
The Virginia Board of Health today did what most women’s health and rights advocates both feared and expected it to do by adopting medically unnecessary regulations on abortion providers in the state.