Resounding 13-2 Board of Health vote affirms common sense standards. 

This afternoon, by a 13-2 vote, the Virginia State Board of Health approved strong permanent regulations on abortion centers, consistent with temporary emergency regulations currently in place.  Most significantly, the provisions approved by the Board today include important building standards that are part of the temporary regulations but that the Board had previously (in June) declined to make permanent. 

Commenting on the Board’s action, Virginia Catholic Conference Director Jeff Caruso observed, “Today’s debate and resounding vote once again affirms that it is a matter of common sense that the abortion industry be subject to reasonable regulations.  Abortion is not health care because it ends lives rather than healing them, but the abortion industry must meet clear safety standards if it is allowed to operate under the guise of health care.  Today’s vote is a huge step forward.” 

The Board-approved regulations now proceed to review by the executive branch.  After that, they will be open to another comment period before the Board takes a final vote next year. 

The Conference especially thanks all pro-life advocates who attended today’s hearing.  Your responsiveness to messages urging attendance was terrific, and your presence was vital and effective.  

The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public-policy representative of the Commonwealth’s Catholic bishops and their dioceses.

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