The State Board of Health voted Thursday to begin revising Virginia’s hotly debated abortion clinic regulations, giving new hope to abortion-rights advocates who argue that the current rules are driven by politics instead of science.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday directed Virginia’s Board of Health to review new abortion clinic regulations and appointed five members to the board that the governor said share his commitment to women’s health.
A conservative advocacy group is trying to find out whether health officials met what it says is a legal obligation to inform police about abortions on two 14-year-old girls.
A judge turned aside arguments from Virginia’s attorney general’s office Wednesday and allowed a Falls Church abortion clinic’s lawsuit challenging new, stricter regulations to go forward.
Four affiliated abortion clinics in Maryland have been shut down, and three doctors have had their licenses suspended after a patient died at one clinic and regulators found lax procedures at all four.