The Family Foundation, a Christian anti-choice organization, is keeping an eye on Cooch Watch. In their latest newsletter and call to action, they noted that we have “gone so far as to call for the recusal of one of the Board members, stating ‘his religious and personal views should not affect the women of Virginia and their access to healthcare.'” The horror! We’re asking someone to not insert his religious beliefs into our medical facilities. Imagine that.
This message to Family Foundation supporters is meant to rally anti-choicers across the Commonwealth to counter-protest at the Board of Health meeting on September 14th in Richmond, Virginia. At the last meeting, pro-choice activists showed up en masse and our presence reminded the Board that politics have no place in healthcare. As a result, they added a grandfather clause protecting existing abortion providers from closure due to the proposed (medically unnecessary) structural requirements.
The email also mentions The Cooch, stating that his certification is to ensure the regulations are “constitutional and fulfill the requirements of the Virginia Code.” Since the Virginia Code referenced states that clinics should be “regulated” (other states have adopted grandfather clauses), Cooch Watch can only assume that what they really mean is that The Cooch will ensure the regulations are “so outrageously expensive and unnecessary that the majority of existing clinics already providing safe abortion care will shut down.”
I suppose if she keeps reading our site, there is still a chance for her to see the light.