Public comment is open once more on 12 VAC 5-412, Regulations for the Licensure of Abortion Facilities, some TRAP rules passed last year. Under pressure from feminists and abortion rights advocates, Governor McAuliffe ordered the Board of Health to revisit the ruling, and as a consequence, the public comment period is open again.
TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) is a conservative legislative tactic to destroy access to abortion without challenging Roe vs. Wade, by imposing medically irrelevant but extremely costly architectural standards on abortion clinics (but no other type of facility). In Virginia, the rules are set to eventually shut down almost all (18 of 22) clinics which provide abortions.
Click this link, then click the “Enter a Comment” link to submit your comment encouraging the Board of Health to rescind these onerous regulations. The Board originally passed them after being threatened by former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli- but he’s out, largely because we got him out. Tell them we’re behind them now. Abortion must remain accessible.
For more information on TRAP, here’s an explanation. I’m available to answer any questions or refer you to more information.
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