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Opponents Of Virginia Abortion Clinic Regulations Deliver Comments

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Abortion-rights supporters have delivered more than 3,600 public comments opposing Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations to the Virginia Board of Health.

The General Assembly mandated the regulations, which would require all Virginia abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standards as newly constructed hospitals. Those standards cover things like doorway widths and room sizes.They had previously been regulated as outpatient clinics, such as oral or cosmetic surgery centers.

Opponents say the regulations would require expensive renovations that would put most of the state's 20 existing abortion clinics out of business.

Activists carried the comments to the state health department's headquarters in Richmond. The board is scheduled to take a final vote on the regulations April 12.

The Board of Health has already given preliminary approval to the regulations, which took effect on an emergency basis on Jan. 1, 2012.


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