Passing stricter laws?
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|Wed, 08-31-2011 - 10:18am|
Do you think VA is passing these stricter laws so that they don't have to come out and outlaw abortions? What should the people of VA do to correct this problem?Virginia Legislation May Shut Down Abortion Providers
New state board of health regulations issued last Friday lay the groundwork for stricter regulation of abortion providers in Virginia -- a shift in policy that abortion rights advocates feel unjustly targets women's clinics with the intent of limiting women's access to abortions.
The new rules are the product of a law passed this winter that reclassified abortion clinics as hospital facilities. In accordance with the law, the state board of health has formulated specific health and safety regulations for the clinics. These rules, which are now in preliminary form, will be voted on by the board Sept. 15 and, if approved, most likely signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnel before the year's end.
According to the new regulations, all abortion clinics and physician offices providing abortions would have to meet specific building and safety requirements -- such as five-foot wide hallways, 250-square-foot operating rooms and specific ventilation systems -- that are normally only required for outpatient hospitals. Similar regulations were passed by Kansas' legislature earlier this year but have been blocked by a federal judge.