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Henrico judge's ruling allows case over state abortion regulations to proceed


Henrico judge's ruling allows case over state abortion regulations to proceed
Richmond.com

Critics have taken aim at the rollback under the Democratic governor of abortion clinic rules that had been adopted under his Republican predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell. In October, the Virginia Board of Health voted 11-4 to repeal rules that had required facilities providing five or more abortions a month to meet hospital-like building standards, among other restrictions. Abortion opponents wanted to keep the McDonnell-era rules, arguing that they were necessary to ensure health and safety of the facilities. Those who support access to abortion, however, argued the regulations adopted under McDonnell were merely a ruse to limit access to the procedure and that they placed an undue burden on the clinics.The lawsuit itself doesnât dwell on what rules should be placed on the stateâs 14 abortion clinics.

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