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TRAP law bureaucracy shutters another abortion clinic in Virginia

A women’s health clinic in Virginia has been forced to close as a result of the state's Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law, according to a reportfrom the Washington Post.

NOVA Women's Healthcare was a vital service provider for women seeking comprehensive reproductive health care, and performed more abortions than any other clinic in the state. Obviously, its closure will be badly felt by women in Virginia.

In an effort to comply with new regulations, NOVA attempted to relocate in March, but its permit to retrofit the space to meet new regulations was denied because officials deemed parking at the building to be "inadequate," according to zoning administrator Michelle Coleman.

NOVA's effort to relocate soon caught the attention of the Fairfax City Council, which quickly moved to amend its zoning ordinance to require that all clinics obtain a special-use permit and approval from the council, a change in policy that healthcare and reproductive rights advocates called blatantly motivated by politics.

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