|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
During the review of medically unnecessary, sham restrictions on doctors’ offices and clinics that provide abortion services (TRAP regulations), the Virginia Board of Health must rely on proven, evidence-based medicine, not ideology. There is not, and never has been, a medically justifiable reason for regulating abortion providers like hospitals. Instead, these restrictions were designed to shutter doctors’ offices and clinics that provide abortion services and prevent women from receiving access to safe healthcare, including cancer screenings, birth control and safe abortion. These restrictions are unconstitutional and put an undue burden on women seeking abortion services. The Board of Health must heed the expertise of doctors, medical professionals and legal experts in voting to protect providers of abortion services from onerous, medically unnecessary and unconstitutional regulation. And now with Roe v. Wade at risk on the national level, we as a state must do everything possible to protect abortion access in Virginia.