Restricting Abortion in Virginia

Oppose TRAP is an organization dedicated to eliminating the targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) in the state of Virginia.

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2010-01-15 05:56:42

Legislation Proposals: 2002 - 2010

Information and links about attempts to legislate abortion clinics out of existence between 2002 and 2010.

2010-08-24 12:38:13

Cuccinelli Declares VA Can Regulate Clinics

"VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has concluded that the state can impose stricter oversight over abortion clinics, circumventing the General Assembly, which has repeatedly rejected similar measures."

2011-01-15 12:38:13

TRAP Passes

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Clinics passes in Virginia, endangering most of the existing clinics in the state.

2012-01-14 12:38:13

Furor Grows: State-Mandated Vaginal Ultrasound

A statewide debate goes national as Virginia legislators propose state-mandated vaginal ultrasound. Opponents call it "state-sanctioned rape".

2012-03-03 12:38:13

Protests at the Capitol Lead to 30 Arrests

In response to the ultrasound mandate, "personhood" bills and TRAP legislation, more than 1,000 women march in Richmond, finding riot police and soldiers waiting for them.

2012-06-14 12:38:13

Cuccinelli Compares Abortion With Slavery

"...Cuccinelli, in an address to Christian conservatives in Williamsburg, drew comparisons between the fight to outlaw abortion and the struggle to abolish slavery."

2012-06-15 12:38:13

Board of Health Exempts Existing Clincs From TRAP Legislation

The Board of Health votes to approve TRAP regulations, but also approves an amendment to "grandfather" in existing abortion clinics. This meant that they did not have to retrofit facilities to hospital standards, preventing them from closing their doors.

2012-09-13 12:38:13

Cuccinelli Threatens Board of Health

"Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has threatened Board of Health members that they could be denied state legal counsel and have to pay for their own defense if they again disregard his advice about relaxing controversial abortion clinic rules and litigation ensues."

2012-09-14 12:38:13

Board Reverses Ruling, Endangering Clinics

After threats from Cuccinelli, the Board of Health reverses its ruling and removes the amedment that would keep licensed abortion clinics open.

2012-10-18 12:38:13

VA Health Commissioner Resigns

"Virginia health commissioner Dr. Karen Remley resigned from her position on the state’s Board of Health today, citing Virginia’s restrictive regulations for abortion clinics as her primary reason for stepping down."

2012-10-22 12:38:13

Political Bodies Trailer Release

Ride5 Films releases the trailer for their documentary on the fight for abortion access in Virginia, "Political Bodies".

2013-01-01 12:38:13

Women's Rights Activists: Richmonders of the Year

Major capitol publication Style Weekly names women's rights activists as Richmonders of the year.

2013-01-29 12:38:13

Repeal of Ultrasound Mandate Denied

A last-minute Senate Ed. & Health Committee hearing passes by a repeal of the ultrasound mandate without testimony, debate or most members present.

2013-02-28 12:38:13

$1.5 Million pledged to cuccinelli by pro-life org

Major anti-choice organization pledges $1.5 million to Cuccinelli's campaign for governor, calling it "hands-down the most important election in the country right now."

2013-03-03 17:23:29

M3 Anniversary Meeting

Pro-choice groups gather on the one year anniversary of the capitol arrests to strategize about upcoming TRAP legislation that will force clinics to close.

2013-04-03 12:38:13

McDonnell Outlaws Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Governor Bob McDonnell adds an amendment to HB1900 that criminalizes health care coverage of abortion.

2013-04-06 12:38:13

3,600 Public Comments in Opposition to TRAP Laws

On Thursday, abortion rights advocates delivered 3,600 comments on the proposed regulations to Board of Health offices in Henrico County.

2013-04-12 12:38:13

Final Vote: TRAP Approved, Clinics Must Adhere

State Board of Health casts its 3rd and final vote: All existing clinics must meet new hospital standards.

2013-04-20 12:38:13

TRAP Closes First Virginia Clinic

Picketers couldn't do it. Neither could a bomber, an arsonist or an anti-abortion activist firing two dozen bullets into the building on East Little Creek Road.

2013-04-25 12:38:13

McDonnell Signs TRAP Legislation

Governor McDonnell signs TRAP legislation in "a final administrative action before they are set to become permanent in June."

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