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Board of Health Shuts Down Public Comment, Women's Health Advocates to Hold Alternative Hearing in the Parking Lot at 12:30

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2012
Contact: Anna Scholl (540) 460-1269 anna@progressva.org

Board of Health Shuts Down Public Comment, Women's Health Advocates to Hold Alternative Hearing in the Parking Lot

Richmond, VA - Hundreds of women's health advocates showed up to the Board of Health meeting this morning, only to be turned away at the door. Despite pleas from the ACLU of Virginia and the public for the Board to make accommodations for the hundreds who RSVP'd to attend the meeting, the Board instead chose to shut down public participation. Women's health advocates refuse to be silenced and will instead hold an alternative hearing in the parking lot at 12:30.

"The Board of Health's own mission statement declares that their customers are the people of Virginia, not the Attorney General or Governor. If that's really true, they should come out to hear what we have to say outside," said Anna Scholl, Executive Director of ProgressVA

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