The regulatory process set in motion by the vote can take up to two years to complete, but could result in the effective reversal of the law, which threatens to close the state’s 18 abortion clinics.
Making abortion more difficult to access does not wave a magic wand that converts women with unwanted pregnancies into beaming mothers-to-be.
The state’s health board held a public meeting addressing the status of the review process Thursday, a process that is expected to take months to complete and possibly years to implement.
While the Virginia Board of Health reviews policies that instituted “unprecedented construction requirements” on abortion clinics in the state, the regulations will be suspended.
Nothing made it out of the Virginia assembly’s committee when it comes to abortion bills. That’s good news and bad news for reproductive rights supporters.
A proposal in the Virginia General Assembly to eliminate state funding for certain abortions could force some low-income women to carry to term a fetus with a low likelihood of survival.