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ProgressVA statement on resignation of Health Commissioner Karen Remley

October 18, 2012
Contact: Anna Scholl (434) 218-2113

ProgressVA Statement on the Resignation of Health Commissioner Karen Remley

In the wake of the new that Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley resigned today in protest of needless and politically motivated regulations that single out first trimester abortion providers, ProgressVA released the following statement from Executive Director Anna Scholl:

"It's deplorable that the political machinations of Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell have compromised the ability of dedicated public servants like Commissioner Remley to promote the health of all Virginians. It's never been more clear that these regulations are designed to limit access to safe and legal first trimester abortion in the Commonwealth. As we've said time and again, politicians have no role interfering in private health care decisions that should be between a woman, her family, and her faith. Ken Cuccinelli and Bob McDonnell should be ashamed of what their right-wing agenda and bullying of the Board of Health has cost Virginia."
ProgressVA is a multi-issue advocacy organization dedicated to engaging citizens from across the Commonwealth around issues of immediate state and local concern.