Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: January 25, 2019
Contacts: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Statement on Letter Opinion in Melendez v. Virginia Board of Health

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today released the following statement after the Henrico Circuit Court issued a letter opinion in Melendez v. Virginia Board of Health.

“My commitment to ensuring reproductive healthcare access to women across Virginia remains steadfast. The Commonwealth anticipates minimal, if any, impacts to providers.”


The Virginia Department of Health has the discretion to issue temporary variances to impacted facilities.

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