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  1. ElleBeMe
    ElleBeMe August 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

    Thank you Dr. Kenley. I have written an editorial to my local paper on this in Virginia, but alas the only opinions that get published are those of anti-choice supporters.

    Unfortunately our Attorney General, Governor and majority of the State Legislature would rather see abortions go underground than be obtained legally and safely in VA. If they are the party of “life” I am Santa Claus.

    Letters to the Board of Health in Virginia before this decision is made. Letters, or sample ones can be given to anyone from either Planned Parenthood Advocates of VA or NARAL Virginia.

    A Demonstration is scheduled for September 14 at the VCU campus in Richmond.

    On a side note, the one clinic by me in Manassas VA is picketed daily by anti-choice protesters. They appraoch the cars as they turn into the office complex and direct their signage and presence to the women entering. ACCROSS the street, on weekends is one lone pro-choice advocate. If you live in the area or can get to it with a reasonable drive, consider going out and standing with him. :>)

  2. Echo Zen
    Echo Zen August 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    ElleBeMe:
    On a side note, the one clinic by me in Manassas VA is picketed daily by anti-choice protesters.They appraoch the cars as they turn into the office complex and direct their signage and presence to the women entering.ACCROSS the street, on weekends is one lone pro-choice advocate.

    Saddest thing I’ve read all day. :-/

  3. Rosanovich
    Rosanovich August 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    That site in Manassas is where I had my abortion. Amazingly, it’s right next door to an “emergency pregnancy centers” that pretends to offer options but instead browbeats women into carrying unwanted pregnancies to term. It can be very confusing for a scared young woman being harassed by protesters, and a lot of women end up going into the wrong clinic.

  4. Diana
    Diana August 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm |

    I hope this was posted/sent elsewhere besides this blog – it’s excellent, but here it’s preaching to the proverbial choir. (Does anyone know where else it’s been distributed?)

  5. Echo Zen
    Echo Zen August 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  6. CR
    CR August 25, 2011 at 8:38 am |

    If you’re interested in getting involved and taking action on this issue (especially if you live in Virginia!) check out the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, which is working to respond to the potential new TRAP laws in VA: http://coalitionforwomenshealth.org/

  7. smash
    smash August 25, 2011 at 11:46 am |

    Great post. Thank you, Dr. Kenley. I hope that the people of Virginia stop these religious extremists from tearing down years of work to ensure women’s rights.

  8. IrishUp
    IrishUp August 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

    Thank you for this, Dr. Kenley.

    What is equally worrisome is even if we can manage to keep such clinics open, who will be the providers who can perform abortions?
    The passage of the Foxx GME Amendment last may seems to me likely to further reduce physicians who are appropriately trained.
    (From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. For the record, the ACOG opposed this legislation).
    On Agreeing to the Amendment

    05/25/2011 —
    Foxx amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of May 23, 2011) that was debated on May 24th that prohibits the use of funds provided for graduate medical education from being used to provide abortion or training in the provision of abortion. Additionally, funds will not be provided to a teaching health center if the institution discriminates against individual health care entities that refuse to provide abortion, undergo training in the provision of abortion, or offer referral for abortion services (by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 338).
    *****************************

  9. Well Woman Blog
    Well Woman Blog September 2, 2011 at 2:33 am |

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