TRAP, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, are regulations being passed in a number of states that require abortion providing clinics to meet regulations designed so that most cannot meet them and will therefore have to close. These regulations are designed to restrict, and even end, women's access to abortion. These regulations are being challenged in the courts in most of the states where they have been passed.
As the TRAP regulations are made law and as that law is challenged, some clinics in Virginia may close and then (hopefully!) reopen. VA-NOW will keep you informed as we can of these changes via all our social media and our news letter. For now see these articles at Virginia NOW Online and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.
Reality Check with an update on TRAP regulation and their implications for choice for women in Virginia. TRAP laws go into effect Thursday, June 27, 2013. Falls Church Health Care Center is suing the state over these restrictions on women's freedom, and and injunction may be issued against these regulations.
GOOD NEWS FOR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM!
On December 4th, 2014, the Virginia Board of Health voted to move forward with amending the state’s targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP)!
This doesn’t repeal TRAP, but it gives us the opportunity to do so.
The 13-2 decision comes after years of fighting dangerous and medically-unnecessary restrictions. This crucial vote means we get another shot to ensure that abortion providers are not forced to comply with regulations that were specifically designed with the intention of being impossible to meet — so that all but 4 of Virginia’s 18 abortion providing clinics would have to close.
These regulations have been designed to restrict, and even end women’s access to abortion and her right to choice.
We still have a long way to go but we now have the opportunity and are making lives better for women in Virginia! This is because of you!
Watch this space for news and updates.
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