The governor must decide between women’s health and extreme politics.
The Virginia Board of Health last week did the unexpected and backed away from onerous, costly architectural regulations proposed for first-term abortion clinics. In doing so, the board refused to do politicians’ dirty work, at least when it comes to building requirements.
The adopted rule imposes no heavier or no lighter burden on the clinics than Virginia requires of existing hospitals; they must meet local and state building codes. This achieves lawmakers’ stated goal of ensuring the places women turn to for legal first-term abortions provide good care in safe environments.