Virginia Approves Tough New Abortion Clinic Health Standards

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
09/19/2011
       
Virginia Approves Tough New Abortion Clinic Health Standards

The Virginia Board of Health has approved tough new regulations governing the operation of abortuaries in the Old Dominion. The regulations now permit the state to closely monitor these businesses to ensure that women who seek to end the lives of their unborn children do so in a safe, sterile environment.

Abortionists and their political backers, as well as the abortion industry, opposed the regulations, but could do little to stop them. Gov. Bob McDonnell, a moderate conservative, appointed nine of the health board’s 14 members.

The new rules, approved 12-1, now go to conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for review. He and the Governor will likely approve them.

SB 924, the Rules

The new authority to monitor the abortion business arose from Senate Bill 924, which mandated that state health regulations treat abortuaries in a manner similar to hospitals.

The Virginia Board of Health has approved tough new regulations governing the operation of abortuaries in the Old Dominion. The regulations now permit the state to closely monitor these businesses to ensure that women who seek to end the lives of their unborn children do so in a safe, sterile environment.

Abortionists and their political backers, as well as the abortion industry, opposed the regulations, but could do little to stop them. Gov. Bob McDonnell, a moderate conservative, appointed nine of the health board’s 14 members.

The new rules, approved 12-1, now go to conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (photo) for review. He and the Governor will likely approve them.

SB 924, the Rules

The new authority to monitor the abortion business arose from Senate Bill 924, which mandated that state health regulations treat abortuaries in a manner similar to hospitals.

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