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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