ProgressVA Condemns Va Board of Health Decision to Bow to Cuccinelli and McDonnell’s Bullying

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    Board voted 13-2 to prioritize political agendas over evidence-based medicine after shutting the doors on hundreds who wished to attend meeting

    Richmond, VA – ProgressVA today strongly condemned the decision by the Virginia Board of Health to prioritize politics over evidence-based medicine and bow to bullying from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by removing the “grandfather clause” from proposed clinic regulations. Even though hundreds of citizens told the Board they wished to attend the meeting and the ACLU of Virginia requested the Board accommodate all those who wished to submit public comment and witness the debate, the Board limited attendance in the meeting to 100 and cut public comment to only 1 hour. In response, ProgressVA and the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health held a public hearing in the parking lot for those who were shut out to make their voices heard.

    “We absolutely condemn this outrageous decision by the Board of Health to prioritize politician’s political agendas over evidence-based medicine and women’s health,” said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. “This Board should be ashamed that they have ignored and shut out the voices of Virginians and the advice of countless medical and legal professionals. It is simply disgraceful that the Board would bow to right-wing bullying and shut down women’s access to comprehensive reproductive care and safe and legal abortion in order to cater to a politician who has proven time and again that he will twist the law to suit his own agenda.”

    Since the Board’s initial vote to approve the grandfather amendment, Governor McDonnell successfully attempted to stack the Board with anti-choice ideologues, appointing right-wing zealot Dr. John Seeds. ProgressVA, together with the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, yesterday delivered 17,342 petitions to the Board of Health, requesting they stand up to Cuccinelli’s bullying tactics and preserve women’s health access.

    Previously: Women’s Health Advocates Deliver Over 17,000 Petitions Opposing Clinic Regulations to the State Board of Health

    • Teddy Goodson

      they are ruthless in forcing their agenda, apparently believing (correctly) that sheer bullying will achieve their objective and, once achieved, everyone else will adjust and submit, and it becomes a fait accompli now set in cement. That’s what happened in Wisconsin with the labor unions, in Michigan with taking over financially strapped towns, and so on.

      Over and over, including nationally under GW Bush, they do as they damned well please, whether or not it’s legal or constitutional, and then they sit on their victory and defy anyone to stop them. It’s salami tactics: a little bit here, another slice there, then another outrage over yonder, and first thing you know, the whole landscape has changed. Our civil liberties and self-government become a distant memory, and you realize it all happened right before your eyes, too late. That’s also how they suppress the vote, jimmy the electronic voting machines, and lie, cheat and steal elections. I will say they are clever at it, you never know just what little issue they’ll pick on next, it’s like a dike with sudden leaks here, there, everywhere, and you are frantically trying to plug the leaks. My fear is, once they have seized power, they will be darned hard to get rid of because they control the election machinery.  

    • These unnecessary regulations are a very clear attempt to infringe upon women’s constitutionally protected right to make their own health care decisions. The continued focus on limiting women’s access to health care is unacceptable. Our country is already too divided and our economic recovery is still not as strong as it needs to be. Our leaders should focus on growing the economy, fixing the budget and finding common ground instead of making decisions that women should be able to make for themselves. These divisive issues are wrong for Virginia, they’re wrong for women, and they’re bad for business.

    • kindler

      Send them a message in the next 2 months by hitting the streets to deliver VA for Obama, Kaine and our Congressional candidates.

      Arrange a mountain of comments once the 60-day comment period for the rules starts.

      Prepare to mount the legal challenge when Cuccinelli ignores our comments.

      Launch a well-planned series of protests, even civil disobedience, to keep this in the public eye.

      And get ready to fight to prevent the horrendous threat of Governor Cuccinelli by mobilizing Democrats, progressives, women, independents to oppose him and support our candidate for governor in 2013.

      We cannot and will not let them take Virginia back to the Dark Ages.