Abortion

Virginia Approves Tougher Building Standards for Abortion Clinics

Requires them to meet same requirements as full hospitals

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The Virginia Board of Health has approved abortion clinic regulations that include the strict building standards that abortion-rights supporters opposed, saying they are meant to put the operations out of business.

The board voted 13-2 Friday to enact the regulations, including a hotly contested provision that requires Virginia's 20 existing abortion clinics to meet the same architectural standards as new hospitals. Several opponents chanted "shame" as they left the room.

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