April 23, 2013
"New TRAP Laws Force Virginia Abortion Clinic To Close After 40 Years of Service," Lori Adelman, Feministing: "Earlier this month, the Virginia Board of Health voted 11 to 2 for new, irrational regulations on abortion clinics in the state, which many reproductive health and justice advocates correctly noted were intended not to make clinics safer for patients but to effectively erode access to abortion care," Adelman writes. The effect of the TRAP law -- or targeted regulation of abortion providers -- was felt "loud and clear" at Hillcrest Clinic, which was forced to shut down after calculating that it would need nearly $500,000 in renovations to comply with the new building standards. Adelman writes, "These are the kinds of 'pro-life' policies that force desperate people and especially those at the margins to endure lower standards of care, and prop up shoddy, illegal, dangerous [abortion] operations like those of" Kermit Gosnell (Adelman, Feministing, 4/22).
What others are saying about abortion access:
~ "Forced To Choose Between Life-Saving Abortion Care and Prison," NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice."
"Another Fight Looms on a 20-Week Abortion Ban for D.C.," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton preemptively spoke out against "Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) and the rumors that he is once more planning to submit a 20-week ban for D.C. residents," Marty writes. Holmes Norton said in a statement, "The pro-choice movement ... is unified, and with them, we will combat the insatiable Republican obsession with interfering with the rights of women in our city, as we have successfully done before." Marty notes, "D.C. is ripe for restrictions [on abortion] simply because it's the one place lawmakers can back laws without ever worrying about repercussions from the voters on which those laws are imposed" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 4/22).