Abortion-Rights Supporters Worry New Rules Could Shutter Va. Clinics

Newly passed regulations adopted Friday in Virginia will require many abortion clinics there to undergo costly renovations, a move that opponents say is aimed at forcing the clinics closed.

Politico: Virginia Adopts Stricter Rules For Abortion Clinics
The Virginia Board of Health gave final approval to a sweeping set of regulations for abortion clinics Friday. Abortion-rights supporters say the regulations -- which would require many clinics in the state to undergo costly renovations to stay in business -- have one goal: to put abortion clinics out of existence (Smith, 4/15).

Reuters: Virginia Becomes Latest State To Tighten Abortion Rules
Virginia on Friday required abortion clinics to meet stricter hospital-style standards that could force some go out of business, making it the latest state to tighten rules on the procedure. The rules, passed overwhelmingly by the Virginia Board of Health, could force abortion providers to undertake costly renovations, widening hallways and installing new ventilation system and awnings (Robertson, 4/12).

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