Restricting access to women's health
June 7, 2012
As we reported earlier today, "Thanks to legislation passed by anti-choice lawmakers, the Virginia Board of Health is considering making permanent regulations that would restrict women's access to reproductive health care. They would force health clinics to meet burdensome and unnecessary requirements."
Progressive Point: Governor McDonnell and his conservative allies are continuing their campaign to take away women's control over their own bodies. Next week, the Virginia Board of Health will vote on just that--moving forward with permanent regulations of women's health centers designed to limit access to reproductive health care.
Virginia's women's health centers provide vital health care services like STD screenings, cancer screenings and family planning services, in addition to providing legal and safe abortions. The results will disproportionately affect young, low-income, uninsured, and minority women by further reducing their health care options. Burdening their operations with medically unnecessary regulations is a thinly veiled attempt to restrict access to these important women's health services.
Get the Facts: Via the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health: