From the John Foust for Congress campaign:
FAIRFAX, VA – Today, John Foust submitted the following public comments on the implementation of new regulations designed to limit women’s healthcare choices, know as the “Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers” or “TRAP” laws. Virginia’s public comment period on these regulations ends tonight at midnight.
Barbara Comstock voted in support of TRAP laws – and has supported overturning Roe v. Wade, voted to require invasive and medically unnecessary transvaginal ultra-sounds, and voted to limit common forms of birth control.
“The regulation of women's health clinics should not be decided on a partisan political basis. The current standards, commonly referred to as 'Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers' or 'TRAP' are the epitome of a government intervention into what should be private health decisions between women and their doctors. The Legislature in Richmond is once again playing partisan politics with women’s healthcare. We have all seen these kinds of medically unnecessary and invasive regulations before – from attempts to require transvaginal ultrasounds, to limits on common forms of birth control. I oppose the TRAP regulations for what they are: an attempt to regulate women's health centers out of existence in Virginia and another partisan attempt to limit women’s healthcare choices.”
Comstock: “Yes, I think Roe v Wade Should be Overturned.”
In October 2006 on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Comstock said, “…yes, I think Roe vs. Wade
should be overturned and the states should decide it.” [MSNBC, 10/16/08
Comstock Voted to Require Transvaginal Ultrasounds Prior to Abortions.
In 2012, Comstock voted for a bill “that requires women to have a ‘transvaginal ultrasound’ before undergoing abortions.” [HB 462, 2/14/12
; Associated Press, 2/15/12
Comstock Voted To Put Restrictions On Common Forms of Birth Control.
In February 2012, Comstock voted in favor of HB 1, a so-called personhood bill, over strong opposition to the bill. Opponents argued that the broad measure could prohibit birth control. The bill passed 66 to 32 in the Virginia House of Delegates. [Washington Post, 2/13/12
; HB 1, 2012 Session, 2/14/12
Comstock Voted for Virginia TRAP Law. In 2011, Comstock voted for a bill that required abortion clinic to be regulated like outpatient surgical centers. As a result, the Board of Health adopted requirements that clinics “meet strict, hospital-style building codes that operators say could put many of them out of business.” [SB 924, 2011 Session, 2/21/11; Washington Post, 4/12/13]
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