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A False Choice in Virginia and Everywhere: Pitting ‘Health Care’ Against Reproductive Health Care

It was not with just a little bit of discordance when McAuliffe turned around and chose to retain the member of McDonnell's cabinet most charged with implementing his anti-choice laws: Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel.

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.

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Judge Rules Abortion Clinic’s Appeal to TRAP Law Can Proceed in Virginia

Attendees from the rally outside the courthouse.

Wednesday morning, an Arlington Circuit Court judge ruled against a motion filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to dismiss an appeal by the Falls Church Healthcare Center concerning a TRAP law in the state.

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Repro Wrap: ‘Choose Life’ Plates Vetoed, ‘Personhood’ Rejected, and Texas Solidarity Marches Spread

Pro-choice activists across the country fed off the momentum from Texas.

This week, some anti-choice efforts hit roadblocks, while pro-choice activists across the country fed off the momentum from Texas.

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Virginia TRAP Law Signed, But Is That Really the End?

Reproductive rights advocates, led by the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund of North Carolina, spent all day at the “veto vigil” to remind the governor of his campaign promise not to sign anti-choice restrictions into law.

The governor may have signed the bill into law, but activists aren’t ready to accept defeat.

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Virginia Board of Health Approves TRAP Measures

As is often the case with other efforts to make abortion care more difficult to access, the reasons offered in support of specific TRAP requirements—which are usually marketed under the guise of protecting women’s health—do not stand up to close scrutiny.

The measures would force clinics that perform abortions in the first trimester to modify their facilities in several ways that are not required of other outpatient medical facilities or existing hospitals in the state.

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Virginia Committee Panels—Where all Reproductive Legislation Goes to Die

Sens Northam (left), Herring, & Favola at a meeting of the Senate Health Education & Welfare committee, 01/17. (My SA)

Nothing made it out of the Virginia assembly’s committee when it comes to abortion bills. That’s good news and bad news for reproductive rights supporters.

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Virginia Bill Would Abolish Abortion Funding for Low-income Women Carrying Totally Incapacitated Fetuses


A proposal in the Virginia General Assembly to eliminate state funding for certain abortions could force some low-income women to carry to term a fetus with a low likelihood of survival.

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