Virginia abortion clinics face new rules soon, but they have
been long in coming and emerge only after a bruising battle.
Governor Bob McDonnell has signed off on new regulations that
apply to abortion clinics in Virginia and they should be
implemented by this summer (
see earlier article). But Olivia Gans Turner of Virginia Society for
Human Life tells OneNewsNow there is one snag, which may
further delay the new regulations from going into effect.
"Now we are dealing with the reality that the Board of Health
itself actually created a window of two more years for these
facilities that have not yet met the standard to come in line, so
we're not done with this story line yet," she explains.
One question that lingers, she says, is why it has taken so long
to implement a law passed in 2011.
"Anything dealing with abortion or access to abortion is highly
politicized by pro-abortion forces that don't want to see any
interference whatsoever in an otherwise completely unchecked
practice that is basically about making money," Gans says.
"It's not about helping women. It's certainly not about helping
the babies, who always die, but it's always about how can we
protect the abortion industry's interests."
The new rules basically set standards for abortion clinics
similar to other outpatient surgical facilities. Today is the
opening day of the legislative session and a Virginia Stands for
Life rally is being held to thank members and encourage them to
pursue other measures to protect life for the mother and the
In the aftermath of November's election, many are wondering if
there's any life left in the Republican Party's pro-life