Va. Board of Health approves abortion restrictions

April 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

RICHMOND, Va., April 13 (UPI) -- The Virginia Board of Health Friday voted to require abortion clinics to meet hospital-style building codes that could shut many of them down, operators say.

The regulations, which passed 11-2, were immediately certified by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, The Washington Post reported.

Cuccinelli, a Republican who opposes abortion, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who supports abortion rights, will face off in the November election for governor.

"Board of Health puts politics before medicine, approves Cuccinelli's outrageous women's health restrictions," ProgressVA, a liberal group, said in a release.

The Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group seeking to eliminate abortion, countered with a headline saying, "McAuliffe Puts Big Abortion Ahead of Safety of Virginia Women."

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