Va. board approves tougher abortion clinic rules
by Larry O’Dell, Associated Press
September 14, 2012 03:15 PM | 833 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kathy Brown displays a sign as she speaks during the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Brown sup-ported the new clinic regulations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Kathy Brown displays a sign as she speaks during the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Brown sup-ported the new clinic regulations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Del. Kathy Byron, R-Lynchburg, speaks during a Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Byron was the sponsor of the bill that calls for new building regulations for abortion clinics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Board of Health has approved abortion clinic regulations that include the strict building standards that abortion-rights supporters opposed, saying they are meant to put the operations out of business.

The board voted 13-2 Friday to enact the regulations, including a hotly contested provision that requires Vir-ginia’s 20 existing abortion clinics to meet the same architectural standards as new hospitals. Several opponents chanted "shame" as they left the room.

In June, the board voted to exempt existing clinics from the tough building standards. Attorney General Ken Cuc-cinelli declared that the board overstepped its authority. He refused to certify the regulations, putting them back before the board for Friday’s reconsideration.

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