Va. Board of Health guts protective abortion clinic requirements

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe and pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe and pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

The Washington Post editorial board calls it “A small victory,” but, in fact, what happened Monday is a huge setback for women’s health in Virginia.

NRL News Today has posted dozens of stories about pro-abortion Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s non-stop campaign to gut state regulations that would minimally upgrade requirements at the Commonwealth’s abortion clinics.

Abortion clinics have moaned and groaned about the requirement that address such issues as building standards, staff training, sanitation, and equipment standards. They’ve complained that the changes were unneeded and costly.

On Monday a stacked Virginia State Board of Health (McAuliffe has been busy) voted 11-4 to eliminate protective regulations which pro-abortionists have fought for five years. The regulations followed passage of a law in 2011.

McAuliffe (a close friend of pro-abortion Hillary Clinton) was positively giddy. In a statement he wrote

“This afternoon’s vote signals a victory and the end of a protracted regulatory fight over the future of women’s health in Virginia. I want to thank the Virginia Board of Health for working to repeal onerous regulations designed solely to reduce or outright remove access to essential reproductive health services for women across the Commonwealth.

What are those “onerous regulations” tossed overboard Monday? Claire Chretien summarized them in this manner.

Some of the 20 regulations the Board of Health scrapped or gutted include the requirement that abortion facilities have transfer agreements with local hospitals so that they may provide continuity of care in case of an emergency and the National Abortion Federation-recommended provision of offering women post-abortive counseling resources. Monday’s decision also Virginia means abortion facilities will no longer be required to follow hospital-like building codes that are designed to accommodate gurneys and other emergency equipment.

The bureaucratic requirement is that “all of the amendments head to the executive review that ends with Governor McAuliffe’s signature,” WWBT/NBC 12 television reported. “ After that, there’s a 30-day public comment period, after which all of the amendments approved will go into place.”

The Post concluded its editorial, writing, “There is no evidence that the 25,000 first-trimester abortions performed annually in the state’s clinics are unsafe or unhygienic.”


Not according to the Virginia Society for Human Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

Virginia Health Department inspections have revealed many unsafe and unsanitary conditions including

· doctor doing exams with unwashed hands

· fetal remains found at bottom of freezer after contents spilled out of bag

· failure to disinfect blood-stained equipment and recovery cots between patients

· splattered, dried blood on exam tables and between cushions

The Post editorial board worries that while the “rule of law has prevailed,” nonetheless “Virginia’s abortion wars rage on.”

If by that they mean Virginians of all political persuasions will not give up the fight to improve abortion clinics standards, they are 100% correct.