Virginia's legislature has passed a bill that will impose new safety standards on abortion clinics. Abortion advocates fear that the legislation will force most of the state's abortion clinics out of business.
The bill, which Governor Bob McDonnell has indicated he will happily sign into law, requires abortion clinics to meet the same safety standards as hospitals. Abortion providers have always fought efforts to raise safety standards.
Most of Virginia's existing abortion clinics do not currently have the equipment, staff, and facilities necessary to respond adequately to emergencies that could arise. An AP account, generally favorable to the abortionists, observes that "the clinics resemble dentists' offices."
"Democrats and abortion-rights supporters said the change would put an estimated 17 of the 21 clinics out of business," the AP story reported. The abortion advocates evidently considered this a criticism of the new bill, rather than a reflection on substandard conditions in abortion clinics.