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Virginia Lurches Backwards on Women’s Health: Thank You Republicans!


This is what Republicans do, move us backwards to the dark ages, to back-alley abortions, coat hangers, all of that. Don’t let them get away with it, and absolutely DO NOT let them take control of the State Senate this November.  If you think it’s bad now…’nuff said.

After hours of emotional debate, the Virginia Board of Health overwhelmingly approved far-reaching regulations for abortion clinics Thursday that some operators say could shut down many of the state’s 22 facilities.

The very specific regulations, some of the toughest in the nation, include mandates on the size of exam rooms, the width of hallways and the number of parking spaces, as well as requirements for inspections, medical procedures and record-keeping.

Also, remember who’s lurking in the background of all this. As Del. Charniele Herring pointed out, this is largely the handiwork of Ayatollah Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, whose “office advised the Virginia Board of Health members that accepting some of the most reasonable amendments to the draft regulations was beyond their authority.” In 2013, Cuccinelli is another one who needs to be booted out of office, no matter what he’s running for. What a nightmare and what a disgrace.

P.S. Just to reiterate the obvious: these regulations have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with protecting women’s health. Evidence for this assertion? Put it this way, have you heard of an epidemic of health-related problems at Virginia abortion clinics in recent years? No, of course not, because there hasn’t been any such thing. It’s all politics, combined with right-wing theocratic ideology and misogyny (e.g., control of women’s bodies).

P.P.S. See the excellent Huffington Post article for more background.

  • kindler

    …where Repubs win by framing the issue.  “It’s all about health and safety”, they claim, feigning innocence.  Obviously, their agenda is to drive these clinics out of business, and we need to call them out on it, as you do here.  


    PP will take them to court.

    What is the DPVA saying about this???

  • Glen Tomkins

    None of the reporting I’ve read about this issue talks about that.  One story mentions that the one vote against the regulations was a Kaine appointee, so I suppose these folks are appointed by the governor.  How many of these folks were appointed by which governor?  If any D appointees voted for these regulations, why, and how do we make sure these DINOs are never appointed to anything else by Ds in the future?

    After a day of infamy, the least we can do is make sure those responsible live on only in infamy.  

  • Johnny Longtorso

    except when it helps them advance their social agenda.

  • ProChoiceGrandma

    When traveling to Virginia you will see new signs at the state line:

    “Welcome to Virginia, one-size-fits-all burqas available at next exit”

    The Teapublibans have infiltrated our government.  I partially blame the uninformed voters who ignored the I-hate-women Thesis that Bob McDonnell wrote as a 34 year old married man.  Virginia women were forewarned in black and white print the authoritarian intent of that thesis.

    Those who claimed they wanted to “take back our country” are taking it back to the Dark Ages and dark alleys.  The “pro-life” rubes are simply being used as tools by the corporatists who cleverly incorporated the Religious Right after seeing how effective televangelists were at conning people out of their life savings.