Well, it’s certainly a small step in the right direction:
Antiabortion activists scored a major victory in Virginia as the state’s General Assembly agreed Thursday that clinics where most of the state’s early-term abortions are performed should be regulated as hospitals instead of as doctors’ offices.
Abortion rights advocates, who have fended off similar attempts in Virginia for two decades, say the new rules could be so restrictive that they could force as many as 17 of the state’s 21 abortion clinics out of business.
Antiabortion activists said the guidelines are necessary to ensure that the centers are operated safely.
I’m not sure why the abortion rights advocates are complaining. If they were interested in women’s health I’d think they’d support this measure. Places in which only 50% of patients who go in get to come back out SHOULD have high standards… at least if they’re going to keep it at “only” 50% (a number which is questionable in and of itself).
The article compares the regulation to offices where colonoscopies are performed, a regulation which has been in place since the 80s. Is someone going to try to tell me that my rights to a colonoscopy are being denied just because those offices must also have high standards? I certainly haven’t heard my parents make that complaint…by