Virginia Department of Health to discuss changes to abortion clinic regulations

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health is meeting Thursday morning to discuss whether they are going to make changes to current state-wide abortion clinic regulations.

The meeting could eventually impact the future of 14 remaining women’s health centers in Virginia.

Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to have facilities that meet the same requirements as walk-in surgical centers.

The court ruled the regulations were medically unnecessary, unconstitutional, and limited a woman’s right to an abortion.

Back in Virginia, protestors asked the Board of Health to amend current regulations, also known as ‘TRAP’ restrictions, that require hospital-like standards.

In the Thursday meeting, board members will hear from doctors, health providers, and even the lead plaintiff in the Whole Woman’s Health case in Texas.

Whole Woman’s Health tells 8News they hope the board will understand these restrictions have only shuttered clinics across the country and in Virginia.

“It’s important for people to understand that women can not be a part of a political football game and that having access to safe abortion care in your community is something that all women need as part of their health care options,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Woman’s Health, CEO. “I think that evidence is on our side.”

Miller as well as Sara Imbershein, a women’s health doctor in Virginia, will be speaking in the meeting. Imbershein says she hopes to provide the Virginia Board of Health all the information necessary to help them form an educated decision that will eventually be voted on in the near future.

“I am confident that the Virginia board will make a correct decision and amend these restrictions,” Imbershein said.

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