Teamsters President Delivers Fiery, 'Drain the Swamp' Address at Republican Convention
I’m Not Interested In Unifying With Leftists Right Now
Following the Attempt on Trump's Life, We Nominate the Worst Media Coverage
Trump’s Near Miss — The Day George Washington’s Words Came To Life
An Assassination Attempt Was Inevitable
Trump Rewrites Republican Convention Speech to Focus on Unity, Not Biden
Tone Down the Rhetoric
The Republican Party Platform is Good
Trial Lawyers Are the Only Winners From Arbitration Restrictions
Half an Inch From a Civil Crisis
DEI Is Transitioning to Die
The Riots That Never Happened
KJP Warns Biden Won't Change His Rhetoric, as Biden Won't Even Admit He's...
Joe Biden's Latest Plan to Combat Inflation Is a Joke
Here's How Democrats Reacted to Trump's VP Pick

Abortion clinic regs drafted in Va.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Abortion rights advocates have taken aim at draft regulations released by the Virginia Department of Health for a new law requiring abortion clinics to abide by the standards expected of hospitals.


The law is the first in the nation to mandate such regulations for clinics performing first-trimester abortions.

The state board of health will vote on the draft regulations Sept. 15. If approved, the rules will become effective Jan. 1.

When the law was enacted in March, pro-choicers said it might result in the closing of 17 of Virginia's 21 abortion clinics. The state health department's release of the emergency rules Aug. 26 elicited complaints that they are expensive and unnecessary.

"Those guidelines are extensive, significant physical plant requirements. To make the changes could be upwards in the million of dollars," said Jessica Honke, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Victoria Cobb, president of the pro-life Virginia Family Foundation, said, "While the abortion industry alleges that regulations will close down clinics, Virginians understand that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, is a $1 billion business.


"They have the money to ensure that their abortion centers are for women, now they'll have to decide whether they want to spend their money on women's safety or continue spending it on trying to get pro-abortion politicians elected," Cobb said, the Times-Dispatch reported.

Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press


Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos