These regulations—which require covered entryways, a certain number of parking spots, and specific types of water fountains—do nothing to make abortion safer. Abortion has an outstanding safety record, and providers should not be singled out for unnecessary restrictions, which could dramatically reduce women’s access to abortion care.
Throughout the debate and passage of these regulations in 2011, it was clear that they were aimed at closing clinics and decreasing women’s access to abortion care. Anti-choice politicians repeatedly ignored scientific evidence and testimony from medical experts, health care providers, and even the Virginia Health Commissioner who later resigned over the passage of these unwarranted regulations.
NAF and our members have been actively working to have these onerous regulations revised and we applaud the Board for taking this important step today.