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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ken Cuccinelli's End Run on Abortion

Following in the footsteps of the former Attorney General of Kansas, Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli has issued his own legal opinion on abortion.  In it he targets Virginia abortion clinics, stating they should be held to the same standards as hospitals, including building design.  While this is still an opinion and not a legislated law, if upheld, many clinics would be forced to close, not being able to afford the millions of dollars in retrofitting they would need to meet these new standards.  This would adversely impact not only those seeking an abortion, but the men, women and children who seek primary health care at these clinics as well.

Virginia abortion rights advocates saw it coming. After Ken Cuccinelli, a rising Republican star known for his hard-line stances on most social issues, was elected state attorney general last year, they knew it was only a matter of time before he zeroed in on abortion.

Earlier this week, Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion advising the state of Virginia to tighten regulation of abortion clinics, holding them to the same standards as hospitals. Abortion-rights groups believe that these regulations would force the majority of the state's clinics out of business.

Read more at The Atlantic

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