Press Release: Sen. Favola Strongly Endorses AG Herring's Opinion on TRAP Regulations



Richmond, VA – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia’s TRAP (Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers) regulations would not apply to existing clinics in the Commonwealth, but only to new clinics. Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), issued the following statement:


“As the Senate Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus, I have long fought against restrictions that inhibit a woman’s ability to obtain access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including access to abortions. I want to extend a big thank you to Attorney General Herring for his opinion that the TRAP regulations apply to new clinics only.  This opinion is in line with an earlier recommendation of the Board of Health: a recommendation that was offered prior to AG Cuccinelli threatening to not defend Board of Health members unless they changed their position.  


The medically unnecessary TRAP regulations created a prohibitive financial burden on existing clinics, leading to the closure of two clinics –one in Northern Virginia and the other in Hampton Roads.  These regulations deal with physical requirements such as the width of hallways and the number of parking spaces. Once clinics are built, it is nearly impossible to renovate or purchase additional land in a cost effective manner. 


 Women’s Clinics help thousands of women receive the health care and support they need- not just access to safe abortions, but breast and pelvic exams, cancer screenings, family planning services, and other forms of primary and preventive care.  The health of women in the Commonwealth has just improved because of the Attorney General’s actions. Let’s not forget, when Virginia women are healthier, Virginia’s families are healthier.”




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. Senator Favola served on the Board of Health during Governor Kaine’s Administration 2007-2009.


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