Attorney General (and gubernatorial hopeful) Ken Cuccinelli has some strong words for members of the Virginia Board of Health. Basacially it’s this: They better regulate abortion clinics the way he says to. Otherwise, the attorney general’s office won’t defend them and they’ll have to hire their own lawyer.
What has excited the Cooch’s uncharacteristically pro-regulation fervor? It all goes back to 2011, when some canny parliamentarians in the Virginia General Assembly took an innocuous bill and amended it late in the game to subject abortion clinics to the same building regulations as hospitals. They got it passed by a single vote.
The law required the Board of Health to write those regulations. But when it did, it made them applicable only to new abortion clinics.
Existing abortion clinics were grandfathered, so they wouldn’t have to make changes that could cost a lot of money, or be forced to close (which is the actual intent of the lawmakers who passed the bill).
This has outraged Cuccinelli and Gov. Bob McDonnell. Read Cuccinelli’s letter here.
It’s his way, or the highway!
I wonder if he feels that way about other building-standards regulations?