Skip to comments.Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Won’t Certify Weakened Abortion Center Regulations
Posted on 07/18/2012 5:51:58 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
Virginia AG Wont Certify Weakened Abortion Center Regulations
by Karla Dial
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli III on Monday said his office cant certify new regulations for abortion centers that exempt existing facilities.
Earlier this year, the Legislature adopted new regulations considered to be among the strictest in the nation for abortion sellers, making the standards for them the same as those for outpatient surgery clinics including specifics for the size of exam rooms, the width of hallways, and best practices for keeping records.
But last month, the state Board of Health said existing facilities would be grandfathered in: Though they must adhere to the regulations concerning records, they dont have to renovate their buildings in an effort to comply.
The Board does not have the statutory authority to adopt these Regulations, senior assistant Attorney General Allyson K. Tysinger wrote in a terse letter to state health officials. The Board has exceeded its authority. Thus, this Office cannot certify these Regulations.
That doesnt mean the issue is over, though: Gov. Bob McDonnell still must weigh in on the new regulations, and he is not bound by the attorney generals opinion. He could choose to certify them, or send them back to the Board of Health with recommended changes.
Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb said the AGs statement shouldnt surprise anyone whos been following the issue since it first started making headlines last fall.
His office clearly informed members of the Board of Health when they were voting on these critical health standards that their decision to remove aspects of the standards was not legal, she said. Unfortunately, some members of the Board appear to have made a decision based on their personal politics rather than womens health and the law.
Abortion activists fought the regulations from the outset, saying that if they had to widen their hallways to accommodate gurneys or make other mandatory renovations, it could bankrupt them.
Cobb said the regulations were not politically motivated when the Legislature drafted them.
Requiring that Virginias abortion centers have adequate facilities for emergency personnel to enter with emergency equipment necessary to transport patients to hospitals is simply a matter of caring about the health of women, she said. It is sad that the abortion industry is more concerned about their profits than they are about the health of women in Virginia.
The Bard is acting unlawfully. Are they appointed or elected? Can they be replaced? Or can a court step in and say, “YOu must act lawfully or face contempt of court”?
Please contact Governor McDonnell at http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm
Ask him to REJECT these regulations to weaken our clinic safety laws by not enforcing these requirements on current abortion clinics in VA!
Board! Board! All right, Board!
Comments on this issue from the Virginia Family Foundation:
Information Alert: More Abortion Hysterics
Late Monday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinellis office announced that it would not certify the abortion center standards adopted by the Board of Health at its June meeting. The decision comes as no surprise as the AGs representative at the Board meeting informed members that they exceeded their authority when they voted to make dramatic changes to the proposed regulations.
Immediately following the AGs announcement the abortion industry went into more contrived hysterics. Since the regulations were initially proposed last year, the industry has made the AG a target of its wrath instead of making persuasive arguments about the regulations themselves. Now, theyve created an anti-Cuccinelli website and plan to protest his public appearances. Again yesterday, industry apologists threatened yet more staged protests on Capitol Square.
The industry was also enraged by Governor Bob McDonnells appointment Friday of Dr. John Seeds to the Board of Health. Dr. Seeds is the former director of the OB/GYN department at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and is one of the most respected doctors in his field. Those credentials are not enough for the abortion industry, which is distraught over the fact that Dr. Seeds was a co-chair of OBGYNS for Life, a pro-life organization of medical doctors committed to recognizing the dignity of the unborn.
In 2011 the General Assembly passed legislation that requires the Board of Health to promulgate standards for Virginias abortion centers. Later that year, the Board adopted emergency regulations that are currently in effect. Most of the Commonwealths abortion centers have applied for licensing, something required by the standards, and several have already been inspected by the Department of Health officials. Permanent regulations are currently going through the long approval process, including review by the Attorney General, with final action coming from the Governor likely later this year.
Abortion apologists make the unsubstantiated claim that abortion is safe and does not require state standards. The fact is, however, that no federal or state law requires that records be kept by the government of complications or deaths due to abortion. There is simply no way to know how many women have been harmed by abortion. In just the past few months, weve uncovered more incidents involving Virginia abortion doctors putting womens health at risk. One clinic operator ultimately surrendered their medical license, but they are still allowed to operate abortion centers.
The permanent standards proposed include licensing, inspections, emergency equipment, sanitary standards, adequate training for staff, and necessary reporting of complications and deaths.
Ironically, it is liberals in Virginia arguing that the abortion center standards will cost too much, while they usually argue that regulations are not costly and burdensome to other industries. We agree that the regulations could cost the abortion industry some of its $1 billion, but it is simply a matter of whether womens health and safety are worth the investment to the industry.
Liberalized abortion laws were supposed to protect women from the unsafe back alley abortionists. Yet, now a state’s attempt to regulate the sanitary conditions of abortion clinics is seen as a threat to these same women. Go figure.
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