By Greg Peppers
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has weighed in to the controversy surrounding the regulation of abortion clinics.
McDonnell says he believes all surgical facilities should be regulated by the state and that includes abortion clinics. The governor spoke on the issue for the first time following a town hall meeting in Fredericksburg last night.
McDonnell's comments come after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a fellow socially conserative Republican, issued an opinion last week that said the state has the authority to oversee abortion clinics. The governor says he and his staff are still reviewing the opinion and adds that regulatory changes can take more than a year to implement.
But, he also says he believes abortion clinics should receive the same state scrutiny outpatient surgery centers receive. Abortion rights advocates say the regulations could prompt the shutdown of many of state's clinics that perform abortions.