Virginia Gov. McDonnell Admits He Hasn’t Read Abortion Regulations He Insists Are In The ‘Interest Of Health’

Last week, Virginia health officials released draft regulations that could effectively drive the state’s abortion clinics out of practice. Yesterday on his monthly call-in show, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) insisted that the intent of the regulations, which were formulated during an “emergency” process that bypassed public notice, was not to close the facilities, but “in the interest of health.” That’s a curious determination considering, on the same show, he admitted that “he has not read the draft regulations for abortion clinics.” With “86 percent of Virginia’s counties lacking any abortion providers at all,” it’s diffcult to see how forcing the few Virginia clinics that exist to close is “in the interest of health.”