Cuccinelli takes first steps to shutting down abortion providers in VA

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    Don’t have the details but here are the highlights from WaPost blog.  Ken Kookynelly has taken the first steps toward shutting down abortion providers in VA.

    Cuccinelli: State can regulate abortion clinics

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who is anti-abortion, has issued a legal opinion allowing greater restrictions on abortion clinics, drawing swift criticism from providers who say it could cause some of the facilities to close.

    The opinion, issued late Friday, provides legal guidance for the state Board of Health, and does not require action. But pro-choice advocates accuse Cuccinelli of trying to circumvent the General Assembly, which has considered but failed to pass further restrictions on abortion clinics for at least eight years.

    “We’ve been waiting for the attorney general to take on abortion providers and it looks like this is his first pitch,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “These so called regulations are only an attempt to shut down abortion clinics in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

    Cuccinelli issued the opinion in response to a request from state Sen. Ralph K. Smith (R-Roanoke), who asked if the state has the authority to regulate abortion clinics.

    Full article is here:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.c…