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Tell Bob McDonnell to scrap TRAP!

Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli's "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers" (TRAP) is imposing burdensome and unnecessary regulations on women's health clinics. The regulations have one goal: shut down women's access to safe and legal first-trimester abortion. Now, Bob McDonnell is asking Virginians to nominate excessive regulations for elimination. Well, we've got a suggestion for him: Scrap TRAP! Follow the link to nominate TRAP for elimination and then come back here to let us know you took action and share via social media.

Click here to nominate TRAP for elimination at

Here's the info you'll need to fill out the form:

  • Virginia Administrative Code section: 12VAC5-412
  • Regulation Title: Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities
  • Related Secretariat: Administration
  • Related Agency: Virginia Department of Health
  • Talking points for "Please explain why this regulation is overly burdensome or the reasons for reform": I nominate this regulation for elimination because it is unnecessary, burdensome, and expensive. Women's health centers in Virginia have been providing safe, accessible, comprehensive reproductive health care for almost forty years. These politically-motivated regulations single out the health care professionals who provide abortion care, and the patients who seek abortion care, for arbitrary and burdensome regulations, that have nothing to do with the safe delivery of services for women. The proposed regulations would require existing health centers to come into compliance with construction guidelines written for new hospital construction. They were never intended to apply to existing facilities, nor have they been applied that way to any other health care facility in Virginia. These extensive, burdensome construction requirements have no relation to the safety of the services that women's health centers provide. The Virginia Department of Health estimates that complying with this regulation could force women's health centers to spend over $2.5 million. Centers who cannot afford the expensive renovations will be forced to close, eliminating jobs across the Commonwealth.
  • Recommendations for reform of this regulation: These unnecessary, burdensome, expensive, and politically-motivated regulations should be eliminated.

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