The Virginia Board of Health rejected proposed legislation on Friday that would require abortion clinics to meet new hospital construction standards. Instead, the board approved an amendment that requires only new abortion clinics to meet the new standards.
“The board had been expected to approve the more stringent standards for the state’s 20 existing facilities,” reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Kristen Green. Cheers erupted from a crowd of protesters when the amendment to exempt existing providers passed by by a 7-4 vote.
Opponents of the proposed legislation said the rejection of it was a result of the national attention brought on by Virginia’s earlier passage of a law requiring ultrasounds before getting an abortion.