OPINION / Moon-howler: Thus Always to Tyrants! … Revisiting the Abortion Debate
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are rallying their troops for a Virginia Board of Health meeting next week that could determine the future of many of the state’s 20 abortion clinics.
Abortion-rights advocates packed the board’s meeting in June and cheered when the board stripped from the proposed regulations a hotly contested provision requiring all clinics to meet the same strict architectural standards as newly constructed hospitals. They claimed the provision would require costly renovations that would force most clinics to close.
The following month, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refused to certify the regulations. Cuccinelli said the board overstepped its authority because legislation passed by the General Assembly requiring the licensure and regulation of abortion clinics specifically mandated the strict building standards.
Now the regulations are back before the board for reconsideration Friday, and abortion-rights supporters plan to once again turn out in force to urge the board to reject Cuccinelli’s position and reapprove the waiver for existing clinics. This time, the conservative Family Foundation of Virginia also is encouraging abortion opponents to make a strong showing.
The Pro-choice folks are beginning to feel like Charlie Brown every time Lucy snatches the football away. Every win gets snatched away by some arbitrary rule that wasn’t in place a few minutes before hand. The Virginia Board of Health ruled that existing clinics did not have to go through the shenanigans required for new clinics. The Governor had left the implementation up to them.
They submitted their report only to have Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refuse to certify their ruling on the matter. So it is back to the drawing board….again. This refusal to certify is negating the governor’s directive. Cucinnelli is legislating from his office.
We all know that the clinic rules won’t make abortion safer. It is just another way to throw up a hurdle for a legal procedure. Meanwhile oral surgery, foot surgery, colonoscopies and other types of surgeries far more invasive than the abortion procedure comtinue to be unregulated.
Virginians have a tremendous incentive to vote these tyrants out of office. Those who want government out of everyone’s business want it in every woman in Virginia’s bedroom. Way to go, Republicans.
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