The Virginia Board of Health, in a vote of 11 to 2 gave final approval to new regulations on abortion clinics. Opponents of the laws claim that these new regulations will force most of Virginia’s 20 abortion clinics to close.

During the hearings, the board listened to arguments from roughly 30 people on either side of the issue. The new law will require any clinic that performs more than five abortions a year to meet the same building regulations as new hospitals.

While supporters of the law claim that the regulations are to protect women’s health, clinics and women’s rights advocates argue that the regulations are designed to force abortion clinics to close as part of an ideological agenda.

Sources: The Washington Post 4/12/2013

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