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Clinics May Close Because Of Virginia Anti-Abortion Regulations

Clinics May Close Because Of Virginia Anti-Abortion Regulations

On Friday the Virginia Department of Health released its proposed permanent regulations for women’s  health clinics. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the state’s Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP) law last year and clinics have been operating under emergency regulations since January 1. The State Board of Health will vote on the permanent regulations June 15.

Erik Bodin of the health department’s Office of Licensure and Certification said Friday in a memo to the state board that the proposed permanent regulations are very similar to the emergency regulations. He said some changes were made to conform to recent amendments to the informed consent abortion law, and to ensure that clinic employees who are legally mandated to report suspected child abuse comply with those requirements.

The new regulations requires that any clinic that provides first-trimester abortions undergo architectural renovations so that hallways are a specific width and ceilings a specific height. The regulations also permit state authorities to enter a clinic for inspection at any time and without notice to examine patient medical records, gather a list of current patients, and interview patients on site potentially violating both patient and provider privacy.

Give the collusion between states like Kansas under the Brownback administration and domestic terror group Operation Rescue, the prospect of inspections without due process for women’s health providers should be terrifying. But that is exactly the point with TRAP laws–to deter, by any means necessary, health care professionals from providing abortion care.

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3:34PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

TEA-BAGGER------- 'taxed enough already'.......... that's it.... that's what it means. Inside there are various philosophies so quit using it as a bad word.. Aren't YOU taxed enough already? Well wait for Obamacare to really kick in and let me know. 2014 --- '15 ------ SURPRISE! I told ya so.

3:23PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Damn straight, Amanda! I cannot possibly give you enough stars, although it won't get through to Steve, unfortunately because his is simply incapable of empathy when it comes to women's reproductive issues.

2:34PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Steve R, many women seek abortions because of CONTRACEPTIVE FAILURE! This means that even though they were using their contraception correctly, somehow it failed! Does that make these women "reckless and irresponsible?" HELL, NO!

Not only that, but women get raped, a genetic or physical deformity that is INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE can show up during routine testing, or a woman can have her boyfriend bail on her after finding out she's pregnant! Not only that, but you can bet your boots that this law is NOT being applied to all other medical clinics-just those that provide contraception and abortions to women!

Which is more responsible, allowing women who know they can't carry a pregnancy to term for financial, emotional, mental, physical, or other reasons to have the abortion that they know is the right decision for THEM, or forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term against their will and doom kids to a lifetime of abuse, neglect, and growing up knowing they weren't wanted?

1:25AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

There's poster that says, "Vasectomies prevent abortions."

1:18AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Women in these states may want to think about having your men "neutered" so there won't be a need for anti-abortion bills. Since you most likely can't move to a better state, why not be as radical as these morons? It seems to be the way to get their attention. Oh, and for this 'neuter', how about an unsafe procedure, no anesthetic, and dirty tools in a back room somewhere? Watch what you wish for boys,...what goes around, comes around...

9:13PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Virginia can kiss my @^#.

11:44AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012


10:39AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

What a nice thing to do! Sto abortion clinics from operating by tying them up in red t tape/ Ugh/ What next?

10:36AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012


In 17 States, thanks to a massive number of former Obama voters simply staying home and allowing TEA-BAGGERS to get elected to State Legislatures.......!
Thanks to that, SEVENTEEN STATES have introduced Legislation TAKING AWAY YOUR LEGAL RIGHT TO VOTE unless you can present PICTURE I.D. that EXACTLY MATCHES your Voter Registration. This is illegal and un-Constitutional OF COURSE; but, in 17 States, you are STUCK with it.
PLEASE CHECK IF YOUR STATE IS ONE OF THE 17 -- and check WELL BEFORE VOTING DAY, so you will have time {and money!} to GET THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION before you try and cast your Ballot!
Women are impacted, because we often change our names thru marriage and divorce; Young People might move around or be in College in a different place; Older People might have never had {or had the need for!} a Birth Certificate or Driver's License; Transgender people will have extraordinary difficulties even if they HAVE picture I.D.
Your initials, middle name, everything has to match. Address..... the Repukelicans KNEW what they were doing! Poor people will have the MOST hard time....


10:28AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

"Although we may never know with complete certainty the winner of this year's election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear :
It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as the impartial guardian of the rule of law"
Justice John Paul Stevens

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