“A woman’s ability to access abortion must be a right not just in theory, but in reality”

Richmond, VA – In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down Texas abortion restrictions yesterday, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Progress Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and more than a dozen state lawmakers announced plans to repeal the Virginia Targeted Restriction on Abortion Providers (TRAP) law, passed in 2011, that threatens women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

Statement from Cianti Stewart-Reid, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:

“Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that politicians cannot pass laws to block access to safe and legal abortion. This decision is a step in the right direction, yet far too many women cannot access abortion because of restrictions in Virginia. A woman’s ability to access abortion must be a right not just in theory, but in reality.”

Statement from Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia:

“Today, we’re calling on the Virginia General Assembly to repeal the politically motivated TRAP restrictions passed in 2011. This restriction has already contributed to the closure of seven abortion providers in Virginia, and enough is enough. Every woman should be able to make her own decisions about abortion, and politicians should not be able to take that right away.”

Statement from Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:

“It’s time to end this sham law and regulations and put women and medicine first. The Court has spoken loud and clear. We call on the General Assembly to heed the Supreme Court’s ruling and repeal Virginia’s politically motivated TRAP law.”

We’re proud to stand with the following legislators who support immediate repeal of the 2011 TRAP restrictions:

  • Senator Barbara Favola
  • Senator Janet Howell
  • Senator Mamie Locke
  • Senator Scott Surovell
  • Senator Jennifer Wexton
  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
  • Delegate Patrick Hope
  • Delegate Kaye Kory
  • Delegate Jennifer McClellan
  • Delegate Marcia Price
  • Delegate Mark Sickles
  • Delegate Marcus Simon
  • Delegate Jeion Ward
  • Delegate Vivian Watts

Nationwide, state lawmakers have passed more than 316 restrictions on abortion since 2011, and have introduced 442 in the first six months of 2016 alone. A PerryUndem poll commissioned by Vox found that the majority of Americans oppose restrictions meant to shutter health centers or make it more difficult for women to access abortion, and that 70 percent of Americans don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Coalition contact: Anna Scholl, Progress Virginia, (540) 460-1269, anna@progressva.org
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