|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
I am absolutely appalled at the State of Virginia trying to increase regulations and Government interference in providing women with fewer options to obtain health care. I heartily endorse the open letter from a group of 177 medical doctors and health professional in Virginia (published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch) which states that they "appeal to the Board to resist these outside influences and urge the Board to make its decision on the basis of impartial, professional and scientific information.... It is about the Virginia Board of Health as an independent, objective, and public health advisory group that acts with impartiality in weighing scientific evidence. We must not travel down a dangerous slippery slope where we allow political forces to dictate medical care." The Board of Health's integrity has been corrupted, effectively stopping access to safe, legal, first-trimester abortion in Virginia. The sneaky actions by the Attorney General and this Governor are contrary to the will of the voters and the U.S. Supreme Court. From pro-choice NARAL's report on the September meeting with the Attorney General: More than 300 advocates were shut out of the vote, despite repeated requests to move the meeting to a location that could accommodate public discussion. Among those denied the chance to speak were several legal and constitutional experts, set to testify that in rejecting the Board's June vote, Attorney Cuccinelli had exceeded his authority and undermined the Board's decision-making power. Several physicians and clinic advisers were also blocked from testifying on behalf of the nearly 200 doctors who urged the Board to reject political pressure and protect women's access to essential medical care. We must not deny access to medical care for political or ideological purposes.