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Monday, July 15, 2013

TRAP Law Forces Virginia's Busiest Abortion Clinic to Close

The Washington Post: Fairfax city clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes, by Tom Jackman:

A women’s health care clinic in Fairfax City that performed more abortions than any other location in Virginia has closed, and it’s unclear whether it will reopen elsewhere.

The closure, and the clinic’s difficulty finding new space, highlight a growing issue in the abortion debate: changes in local and state regulations and standards for abortion clinics. . . .

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In case anyone should doubt that the real purpose of TRAP laws is to limit abortion access, rather than to ensure women's safety, take a look at this quote from the same story:

The shutting of NOVA is “huge,” said Troy Newman of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue, which helped stage protests outside NOVA. “Our focus has always been on the local level. In the last 15 years, we’ve closed 71 percent of all the abortion clinics in the nation.” He said the number of clinics in the United States had dropped from 2,176 in 1991 to 625 today.

-CEB

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