NARAL Pro-Choice: It’s okay to hold abortion clinics to lower standards than veterinary clinics

A bill was passed in Virginia allowing for inspections of abortion clinics and requiring them to meet certain basic health standards. According to  Brian Gottstein, spokesman of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:

“The state has long regulated outpatient surgical facilities and personnel to ensure a certain level of protection for patients…There is no reason to hold facilities providing abortion services to any lesser standard for their patients. Even pharmacies, funeral homes, and veterinary clinics are regulated by the state.”

Yet pro-choice activists protested  the law, maintaining that abortion clinics did not need to be regulated, even though veterinary clinics were being held to higher standards of safety. Showing a blatant disregard for women’s health, Tarina Keene of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia said:

“This is just a way to basically implement a political agenda. It’s not about making abortions safer”

Julian Walker “state can more strictly regulate abortion clinics” The Virginian-Pilot August 24, 2010

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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