Today the State Senate of Virginia passed legislation that will require any abortion clinic in the state that performs 5 or more abortions a month to meet the State's health and safety standards. Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, wrote an informative yet concise analysis in his newsletter, The Cuccinelli Compass. For those who have not subscribed to the Attorney General's newsletter, you can do so at Cuccinelli.com. I have copied the letter here for you to read:
Today, a long, hard-fought battle for women's health and dignity has finally been won in the State Senate!
Just this afternoon, the Democrat controlled Virginia State Senate passed a bill which will require abortion clinics to meet hospital-style safety standards. This will mean that any abortion clinic which performs more than 5 abortions in a month will need to meet safety standards comparable to any other clinic which performs out-patient procedures.
For over 25 years, Virginia abortion clinics have not been held to minimal health and safety standards. As a result, women who walk into these clinics are often not treated with the care and respect that any human being deserves.Our abortion clinics have not been held to high safety standards in the past - even issues of basic cleanliness have been lacking. As a result, women who walk into these clinics have been done a severe disservice.
It is interesting to note that in 1984 when the health and safety regulations were removed from Virginia abortion clinics, the Virginia Society for Human Life and notoriously liberal National Organization for Women (NOW) held their one and only joint press conference ever. They jointly objected to the removal of health and safety standards, asserting that women in abortion clinics would not get the quality of treatment and the respect of people in other medical facilities. And WOW what an understatement that turned out to be.
Obviously I am pro life. While I regret the occurrence of abortions, I do want women in all circumstances treated with the dignity and respect that every human being deserves. The establishment of health and safety standards for Virginia's abortions clinics will not only help preserve the health and safety but also the dignity of women in Virginia.
As a state senator I tried for several years to pass this legislation - and it is great to see that today, members from both sides of the aisle - and the Lt. Governor - realized the importance of this legislation and were able to score this victory for life, and the dignity of women.
Sincerely,Ken Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia