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Thursday, January 3, 2013

VA Governor Certifies TRAP Regulations

Feminist Majority Foundation: VA Trap Law Approved:

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell certified new abortion regulations known as TRAP (targeted regulations of abortion providers) laws on Friday, December 28th. There will be a 60-day public comment period before a final vote by the Virginia Board of Health, likely in March.

These TRAP laws were designed to force existing abortion clinics to meet the same building codes as new hospitals. If enacted, the new regulations would require existing clinics to come into compliance with the regulations within two years or face closure. In September 2012, the Virginia Board of Health voted 13-2 to reverse their previous decision to grandfather in existing clinics, thus exempting them from new, hospital-like restrictions. . . .

Meanwhile, Virginia Activist Group "Cooch Watch" agitated against this law (and in support of the grandfather clause), including with creative YouTube videos:

 

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