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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Va. passes abortion clinic regulations

By Washington Post Editors

Roz Helderman reports on the Virginia Politics blog that the Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physician's offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety.

Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state's 21 abortion clinics to close.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the bill, which gives the state's Board of Health 280 days from the law's enactment to write new rules for clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions a month.

The bill's passage came as the Democratic-led state Senate voted 20 to 20 Thursday to approve the measure after a lengthy and emotional debate. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who cast his vote in favor of the bill. All 18 of the chamber's Republicans backed the bill, as did two conservative Democrats.

Antiabortion activists hailed the vote as the most significant victory they've achieved in Virginia in years. Abortion rights groups said they think the regulations will place an unconstitutional burden on a woman's ability to get an abortion in Virginia, and pledged to sue.

Read the entire post on the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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What about the millions and millions of sperm that die every time McDonnell's gay son masterbates?

Will his bedroom, bathroom, tree fort, backyard shed all be forced to comply with hospital standards?

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 24, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

So, now we can expect every medical office that performs an outpatient procedure to be regulated like a hospital?

It would be hypocritical to single out abortion clinics to be regulated and not regulate all other types of medical clinics performing outpatient procedures.

Posted by: tinasbell | February 24, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Another example where Republicans tell everyone that they want Government OUT of their lives

Except of course when they want something banned THEN the government can step in

Idiotic hypocrites

Posted by: Bious | February 26, 2011 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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