On June 15, the Virginia Board of Health voted to amend a key provision of the proposed permanent regulations for women’s health centers– the amendment means that existing women’s health care centers that provide safe, legal first-trimester abortion care will be “grandfathered in,” rather than being subjected to onerous and unnecessary forced building requirements.
On July 16, 2012, Attorney General Cuccinelli stated that his office refused to certify the Board’s vote. Thus, the proposed regulations will go back to the Board of Health for another vote on Friday, September 14. However, the Board can and should continue to vote in favor of medicine, not politics – the Attorney General does not have veto power over their decisions. On September 14, attend the Board of Health vote to demand permanent regulations that protect women’s health!
Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
Where: 9960 Maryland Drive, Perimeter Center, Richmond (Corner of Maryland & Gaskins)
|Action Presence Prior to Board of Health Meeting
Line the walkway at the Perimeter Center where the Board of Health will meet as Members, Officials, & Press arrive.
|Sign-up to Speak during Public Comment Period
2 minute statements allowed.
|Pack the Meeting Room
|Board of Health Meeting begins
Prior to Lunch
|Public Comment Period
|Discussion & Vote(s)
You can learn more about the proposed permanent regulations on the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health’s website.
Make sure to RSVP here to tell the Department of Health to ensure enough room for the public!
Image: FMF intern Colleen Osborne at Virginia Board of Health meeting, summer 2012.