Virginia Board Votes To Force Existing Abortion Clinics To Comply With New, Restrictive Regulations

The Virginia Board of Health voted 13-2 today to require existing abortion clinics to meet newly-instated facility regulations. Previously, board members decided to grandfather in existing providers so that they were not forced to spend thousands of dollars on unnecessary updates, but state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refused to approve the decision. Ahead of the vote, the board only allowed 100 people into the meeting and limited public comment about the regulations to one hour, but opponents gathered outside to protest the expanded regulations. ProgressVA accused the board of prioritizing “political agendas over evidence-based medicine.” “It is simply disgraceful that the Board would bow to right-wing bullying,” Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA, said in a statement.