Federal Court Issues Landmark Patient-Centered Reproductive Freedom Victory in Virginia

Access to healthcare should be driven by qualified medical professionals and now advanced practice clinicians, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to provide abortion care

Alexandria, VA, May 7, 2019 — Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia became the first federal court to strike down a law prohibiting competent medical professionals, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants from providing abortion care. We are confident that as the trial continues, the rest of the medically unnecessary restrictions will be similarly struck down.

“Competent medical professionals, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, should be the ones informing patients on important medical decisions when it comes to protecting and expediting access to healthcare. Last night’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recognizes that these unnecessary healthcare restrictions on competent practitioners limit an individual’s access to their constitutional right to safe and legal abortion and were never about protecting patient care. Instead, these regulations, which provide no medical benefit, are designed to ban abortion and undermine a patient’s dignity and ability to determine their own future; most often impacting access to healthcare for the most vulnerable members of our communities.” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

 

“This decision brings us one step closer to a world where patient care comes first and reaffirms that access to abortion is a fundamental right, which is supported by both 7 in 10 Virginians, and 7 in 10 Americans.”

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