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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
As a young Virginian woman, I find it shocking that elected officials are trying to make my medical decisions and set health regulations that challenge my access to health care.
Many of the clinics that are in jeopardy of closing due to recently approved regulations for abortion providers provide more services than just abortions. Many women use these clinics to get affordable birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
If these clinics close, Virginia will see a rise in preventable diseases, illegal abortions and unintended pregnancies. These restrictions could lead our state to suffer much greater consequences in the future.
An NBC Election Night exit poll in November found 63 percent of Virginia voters believe abortion should remain legal in some or all cases. As a woman, I would like to remain in charge of making my own health decisions because no one will be concerned about my health like I will.
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