By Kathy J. Byron
The Virginia Board of Health acted responsibly and reasonably when it voted to require that abortion clinics comply with medical and safety standards. Yet that decision, along with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s ruling that the board’s previous actions did not conform to the law as written, has been derided by the editors of The Roanoke Times (“Who writes the rules?,” Sept. 13 editorial).
I am the legislative sponsor of the amendment that required abortion clinics in Virginia to meet medical safety and health standards. The board’s decision to regulate all clinics equally fulfilled the intent of the law. Exempting, or “grandfathering,” existing clinics from requirements related to the physical facilities occupied by these clinics was never the intent of the legislation.
Byron is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 22nd District.