DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
December 30, 2011
In a backdoor attack on women’s health, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed oppressive temporary abortion clinic regulations. After the passage of SB 924, an independent medical committee drafted health center regulations based on sound medical evidence. However, extremist Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli politicized the process and added many onerous, medically inappropriate provisions, making compliance by Virginia’s 22 women’s health centers impossible.
Show Bob McDonnell he can’t play political games with women’s health. Stand with Planned Parenthood and make a tax-deductible gift to us today, to help us provide services and fight back in 2012.
The approved targeted regulations of abortion providers (or "TRAP”) are the most restrictive in the country. Women’s health centers that provide five or more first-trimester abortions a month will now be treated as ambulatory surgery centers instead of doctors’ offices. They must now meet medically unnecessary, hospital-type standards mandating the size of exam rooms and the width of hallways, requiring extensive structural modifications with no proven medical benefit to patients! We are considering all of our options to fight the permanent adoption of these temporary regulations, and maintain access to safe, legal abortion care.
McDonnell’s position is especially ironic given that his own campaign website boasts that, as Attorney General, he worked to “…eliminate burdensome and duplicative government regulations that hinder free enterprise and job creation.” Apparently, the governor is against unnecessary regulations, unless they affect women’s bodies and score political points with his extreme right-wing base. In these difficult economic times, we should be helping women and families access integral, low-cost health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, and abortion # not creating further financial and logistical challenges for patients and providers. Please make a statement by supporting Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington with a gift today.