Governor orders review of Virginia abortion clinic regulations

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Year-old state regulations on Virginia abortion clinics will be put under review by the Board of Health, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday morning. The governor also appointed five new members to the board.

Last year the board approved a Virginia General Assembly mandate to tighten licensing standards for clinicsmaking them follow the similar guidelines as hospitals. The vote, some feared, would force clinics to shut their doors.

“I am concerned that the extreme and punitive regulations adopted last year jeopardize the ability of most women’s health centers to keep their doors open and place in jeopardy the health and reproductive rights of Virginia women,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a statement Monday. “In order to grow and diversify our economy, Virginia needs to be open and welcoming to all, and we need to ensure that all Virginia women have access to the healthcare resources they need.”

After the 2013 vote, those who supported the stricter regulations voiced their opinions.

“Our position is that abortion is not health care because it ends life,” Virginia Podboy, the Associate Director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, said. “Since abortion clinics operate under the guise of health care, the facilities that perform these life ending procedures should function as proper health care facilities.”

The issue proved to be so divisive, former State Health Commissioner Karen Remley resigned last year over the regulations. She said she felt the new regulations made it impossible for her to do her job.

“I couldn’t tell them to stand up for what they think is right if I didn’t do it myself,” Remley told the Virginia Pilot.

Meetings held leading up to last year's vote prompted large turnouts from people on both sides of the issue.

This is a developing story.


  • buzz

    Diversifies and strengthens econmy? since when does abortion do that? I swear liberals are demetded, sick, deranged individuals and this libturd has again just proven it. Abortion is murder. If you cant afford to have a baby keep you legs shut and your pants on! Or go get 90 days of birth control at walmart for 12 bucks! enough is enough already of these libtards comming out with these pathetic excuses! They are sick vile, despicable disgusting people!

    • buzz

      The law rquiring that they be within so many miles of a hospital in TX was upheld. And now this clown says that upholding them to standards of a hospital is a bad thing? Is the level for which a libtard will not stoop to to low?

  • manalishi

    “Governor orders review of Virginia abortion clinic regulations”. Because economics are way above any democrats potential.

  • Becky

    Planned Parenthood spent $12 Million during 2012 Elections.
    Planned Parenthood spent $1 Million on Anti-Cuccinelli ads.
    Planned Parenthood plans to spend $14 Million on the 2014 Elections.
    Planned Parenthood is a Tax Exempt/Non Profit.
    Planned Parenthood receives Tax Advantages, Taxes, and Donations.
    Planned Parenthood is another Democratic Operatives Group/Lobbyists;
    acting as a Political Arm and Army The Democratic Party, like the NAACP.
    It is time for McAuliffe to PAY OFF Party Operatives that bought/ secured his Political Election. After winning he will use, abuse his Party Office and Power for their mutual gratifications, advantages, benefits..
    It is NOT Democratic GIFTGATE(s) solely because they say it isn’t
    and they have Carte Blanche for All their “Pol-“I”-Licking”.

  • Becky

    For the sake of charitable or educational purposes, the Internal Revenue Service code (the U.S. Tax code) permits, under section
    501(c)(3), certain organizations to be exempt from income tax.
    This includes churches and foundations.
    ….The cost of this tax-free status is that such groups
    May NOT Engage in “Politics.”

  • Becky

    Odd, all the Democratic Special Interests are Tax Exempt/Non Profits
    coming out of the woodwork to bolster party on every conceivable issue
    of Democratic Party. They have actually bought, own, operate, and
    run Government for the Democrats.
    Media Matters, The Joyce Foundation (Gun Control), Move On,
    Venture Richmond, Sports Backers, 2015 Bike Championships, Richmond Urban Collective, Planned Parenthood; are just a drop
    Apparently is it PC to be by the Highest Elected Democratic Office Holders/Law Makers to be Illegal, lawless, unconstitutional and refuse
    Which is Correct? The Laws/Constitution or the Correct Party, even
    when they aren’t Correct?

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