Restricting Abortion in Virginia

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

Contact Info:;xNLx;Email: opposetrap@gmail.com;xNLx;Phone: (804) 514-0227;xNLx;Facebook: #OpposeTRAP;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;Latest Press Releases:;xNLx;;xNLx;06/10/13: Cuccinelli “Unethical” But Effective - Board Stalls Regulatory Process;xNLx;Departing Board of Health member Jim Edmondson called out Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for giving “wrong and unethical” advice to the Board during the creation of regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities. Edmondson reflected on his nine years on the Board, citing the two year regulatory process on abortion regulations as forcing the Board “from apolitical to political.” The statements were made at the close of the June 6th, 2013 Board of Health meeting which also included a nearly 15 minute detailed explanation, by members of OpposeTRAP, of the profound implications of the Attorney General’s position.;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;Cuccinelli’s strong arm tactics precipitated a seismic shift on whether to grandfather in existing clinics: from a June 2012 vote 7-4 FOR to an 11-2 AGAINST only three months later. The impact of this political split continues to hinder appropriate regulatory process. The only two Board members to not change their vote at Cuccinelli’s threats, Edmondson and Anna Jeng, are currently the only members to request a special meeting on a petition for rulemaking for full service hospitals. ;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;The refusal of other Board members, as yet, to discuss amending hospital regulations is striking, given Ken Cuccinelli’s recent statement that these amendments must take place. The implications of the decision are broad, especially for Board members who are affiliated with the hospital and nursing home industries. ;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;One member spoke privately of a concern that motioning for a special meeting would be seen as politically motivated in an election cycle. “Given that it is the Board’s responsibility to discuss petitions for rulemaking, failing to act because it is an election cycle IS a political act,” countered Molly Taylor Vick, of OpposeTRAP.;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;The legal challenge, yet un-responded to, has received hundreds of comments from citizens and medical professionals over the past month. A third Board member can still call for a special meeting at any time.;xNLx;;xNLx;06/04/13: Pressure Builds For Cuccinelli to Break Silence On Legal Challenge As Hundreds Comment;xNLx;;xNLx;05-21-13: Public Record Mysteriously Goes Missing As Public Comments Pour In;xNLx;;xNLx;05-06-13: Pro-Choice Activists Call Cuccinelli's Bluff: Save Abortion Clinics or Lose Hospitals;xNLx;;xNLx;

Legislation Proposals: 2002 - 2010

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

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".

McDonnell Outlaws Insurance Coverage for Abortion

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

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.

$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."

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.

Women's Rights Activists: Richmonders of the Year

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

Political Bodies Trailer Release

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

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."

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."

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