Protecting women's health is not a partisan issue
June 15, 2012
The Roanoke Times reports, "New regulations about to become reality in Virginia would allow government agents to demand a list of every woman visiting an abortion clinic -- even if she changes her mind. The rules... are even more shocking, appalling and intimidating than lawmakers' scuttled plan to require pre-abortion probes of women's vaginas."
Progressive Point: Our bodies are not campaign issues. Virginians depend on women's health clinics for comprehensive reproductive care, including cancer screenings, family planning, and STD tests. Politically motivated regulations pushed by Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli will shut down clinics and cut off women's access to health care. These regulations are opposed by medical professionals, and we should all be outraged with any politician who would place their politics above our families' health.
Women should be confident that when they visit the doctor that their conversations and health care decisions remain private. But the proposed regulations would open up patient records to government inspectors and allow bureaucrats to compile lists of abortion clinic patients. Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli's narrow ideological agenda is jeopardizing the health and safety of Virginia women. Their ideology should not supersede the judgment of medical professionals and has no place in women's health care decisions.
Get the Facts: Via the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health: