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Virginia Anti-Abortion Regulations In Limbo

Virginia Anti-Abortion Regulations In Limbo

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) refused to certify the new abortion clinic regulations passed by the Virginia Board of Health last month, upping the ante in a battle over just how far is too far in restricting women’s rights.

According to reports, Cuccinelli’s office sent a memo to Health Commissioner Karen Remley Monday saying the board exceeded its authority, citing an amendment that struck a provision that would have required clinics to meet the same strict building standards as new hospital construction. The board adopted that amendment against the advice of Senior Assistant Attorney General Allyson Tysinger, who wrote the memo to Remley.

Abortion-rights supporters had complained that the building standards would force most clinics in Virginia to close. The regulations still must go to the governor, who could order the board to reconsider.

Like Mississippi, the fight over abortion rights in Virginia is focusing on making access non-existent. These TRAP laws are designed to do nothing more than drive providers out of business. Each session will produce newer and more restrictive regulations until either the Supreme Court intervenes or the nature of abortion politics radically changes in this country. And in the meantime more and more women’s lives will be needlessly put at risk.

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6:00PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Pro-choice is the wrong word for the right wing tea party religious fanatics. They just want control over people who don't agree with their beliefs. Our Constitution is what we look too for our laws. Your church is your business. There is a very good reason why our Founding Fathers put the wall of separation between the church and State. These people are anti-choice, if they truly were pro-life they would be anti-death penalty, wars, against the cuts in medicaid, food for the poor, and for health care for everyone.

As for the trolls I think it is best to just ignore them. They can't understand truth and common sense. They really don't want to seek out facts, they would rather stew in their own hate.

11:40AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

That's Republicans for you. They scream about protecting babies and the sanctity of life. And then they turn around and back legislation that poisons the air, earth and water all us already-born humans need to live healthy lives.
And block legislation that would feed and educate already-born children, and give pre-natal care and maternity leave to the women who would actually like to give birth.
These people do nothing but talk out their asses. They believe in nothing except manipulating those blind enough to put them in office, filling their bloated wallets and controlling women.

3:49AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Steve R...you have a very twisted view of the world and what folks do in it! I cannot help but feel this is a reflection of how you have lived your life.It must be the place where you get your hate filled ideas. Where does a thought Like "get em popped out, no regrets etc....." originate from???? You post from the strangest thought patterns.They do have medication for skewed thinking patterns...delusional often comes with psychosis.Please see a good mental health provider.

7:15PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

One more thing.....it is PRO LIFE! Not anti choice!! Get that through your head! Or maybe we should call abortionist and those who believe it's their right to murder little babies: ANTI LIFE! Or maybe PRO DEATH! We are for saving their lives so the correct terminology is: PRO LIFE!! The only reason why ANTI LIFER'S want to call us anti choice is because they want to make us look bad, well, let's make sure you know who the bad guy is, and it isn't those of us who are for LIFE! Not murder! So, play your word games, murders, but we all know what is true, and good, and of good report; it's PRO LIFE! Save the babies who cannot speak out or protect themselves!

7:06PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Abortion rights?! Really? The right to murder an innocent little baby? Is that right? God says "Thou shall NOT kill" Abortion is murder plain and simple. And the women that do choose to murder their little babies, suffer the rest of their lives from the guilt! So, don't tell me it's a woman's right to choose! It is against God's law, and even if you are an atheist, murdering a baby is still wrong! It sickens me that people actually have hardened their hearts so much that ripping a little baby apart while still alive means nothing to them, as long as they don't have to deal with raising him/her! How can they put it out of their mind that they think it's their right to kill what God created?!!

6:28PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Ah, if only MEN could get pregnant....then abortion would be a sacrament! LOL What this comes down to is a level playing field for all - if women are going to be charged with murder for an abortion, then let's see a law that rapists are neutered before being released back into society (and that applies to brutal husbands and boyfriends as well - rape is rape! Do the crime, pay the fine!

6:23PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Ken W: "GIRLS you better hope that the gop/tp don`t get in because if they do you`ll see all thats been gained go down the TOILET !!!!"

I couldn't agree more which is why we women MUST vote in November!!

Come November, we will remember!

4:48PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

GIRLS you better hope that the gop/tp don`t get in because if they do you`ll see all thats been gained go down the TOILET !!!!

4:48PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

GIRLS you better hope that the gop/tp don`t get in because if they do you`ll see all thats been gained go down the TOILET !!!!

4:16PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

@Carol L and Michael T...the ONLY thing Steve is about is CONTROL! He wants total control and thinks everyone should do exactly what HE wants. Again he brings this myth that taxes pay for abortions. This must be the millionth time he's said it even though everyone here has given him the site that shows him that is not allowed. He's one of these people who loves to see his crap in print...he's against EVERYTHING that will help women and such a condescending prick about everything. He really hates this country and it's citizens and needs to go back to South Africa. Maybe if he falls on his stupid head on a Saturday and has to go to a emergency clinic, hopefully, they have read what he posted and will refuse to see him just in case he doesn't think their facility is up to "his" standards.

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