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The Blue & Gray Press | August 19, 2019

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Letter to the Editor: Defending The Right To Choose

Dear Editor,

The women of Virginia are facing a war on their reproductive health and their human rights. Recently, legislation was passed and put into law that requires health centers and medical practices that provide reproductive services, including abortion, to follow very specific regulations.

These regulations are not founded in medicine, but rather in politics. They were designed to shut down a number of clinics across the Commonwealth, and, if accepted by Gov. Bob McDonnell, they will do just that.

In response to these regulations, a rally is planned for Oct. 15, 2011 in Richmond. It is expected that over 1,000 protesters and activists will come out to urge Gov. McDonnell to reject these regulations and save clinics all over Virginia.

In addition to this rally, VOX, a women’s rights club, and Feminists United on Campus are planning to hold a forum to discuss the regulations, the evidence on which they are based, and how they came to be.

I hope that after seeing the tremendous response from the public in opposition to these regulations, Gov. McDonnell will be guided by reason and what’s in the best interest of women in the Commonwealth. I hope that the governor will reject these regulations.

Taylor Brannan is a junior.


  1. Will

    Before we get inundated with comments (a fancy way of saying “FIRST!”) saying things like “abortion is murder/is an abomination/hurts women/is black genocide” which are irrelevant to the topic of Taylor’s letter, I’d like to point out the following:

    Supporters of these regulations say that they are necessary in order to ensure the safety of women who seek abortion services. However, not once since the regulations were proposed have supporters ever backed up this claim with statistics to support their necessity.

    I therefore invite supporters of these regulations to provide statistics (with links, please) demonstrating the frequency of abortion complications that would have been prevented had the architectural requirements contained in these regulations (such as having wider hallways and at least 1 parking space per patient bed) been in place at the time.

    Please understand that this invitation is delivered with sincerest interest in determining if the claim that the regulations would protect women is being made in good faith. Sadly, until the statistics are revealed, we can only conclude that this claim is merely a canard.

  2. Arnold

    Who will be hosting this forum?