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Correction:

Originally, this blog post suggested that Virginia had just begun requiring abortions to be performed in hospital facilities; in fact, the state had previously required abortions past the first trimester to be performed in such facilities. The new legislation increases the regulations on first trimester abortions in the state.

Virginia passes new restrictions for abortion providers

February 24, 2011 - 02:45 PM
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Bob will sign. (Photo: Associated Press)

Today, the Virginia state senate was faced with a decision on whether to effectively shut down 17 out of the state's 21 abortion providers. This afternoon, the state's senators reached a tie on the bill that would ramp up regulations on the state's abortion clinics, relegating the extremely common, low-risk procedure to costly hospital facilities. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling broke the tie in favor of the bill, and Gov. Bob McDonnell has said he would sign it. Before the vote, Virginia was one of 25 U.S. states that restricted some later abortions to highly-regulated hospital facilities. Soon, the state will be the first in the country to impose those restrictions on first-trimester abortions.

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    Kevin Atkinson

    Feb 24, 2011 - 03:30:12 PM

    This is shocking coming from a secular republic. I come from a Christian kingdom (de jure; the UK) & if the BBC news ever uses the odious euphemism "Pro-Life", instead of the correct term anti-abortionists, we call them and complain.

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    Emily Koala

    Feb 28, 2011 - 02:27:09 PM

    This is just awful.

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  3. Kevin Atkinson Kevin Atkinson

    Kevin Atkinson

    Feb 24, 2011 - 03:30:11 PM

    This is shocking coming from a secular republic. I come from a Christian kingdom (de jure; the UK) & if the BBC news ever uses the odious euphemism "Pro-Life", instead of the correct term anti-abortionists, we call them and complain.

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