Today, the Virginia Board of Health voted to approve the targeted restriction of abortion providers. Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, issued the following statement in response:
“The sole purpose of these types of restrictions is to make abortion inaccessible to women by imposing unnecessary and sometimes impossible-to-meet restrictions on health centers. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has said these restrictions are designed to “make abortion disappear in America.”
These restrictions are part of a coordinated strategy by gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the endorsed candidate of extremist groups, and his allies to end safe and legal abortion in Virginia.
The consequences are dangerous for women’s health. By shutting down health centers that provide a range of services to women, these restrictions will make it harder for Virginia women to get affordable birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Ken Cuccinelli and his extreme allies won’t stop unless we stop them. As a leading advocate for Planned Parenthood health centers in Virginia, Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC is leading the charge to keep Ken out of the governor’s mansion. Because Virginia can’t risk Ken Cuccinelli.”