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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, December 30.

*McDonnell approves rules for Va. abortion clinics (Any further questions about whether McDonnell’s a “moderate” or a Pat Robertson Republican? Duh.)

*Romney unveils Virginia leadership team

*Republican lawmaker tells Va. GOP to drop primary loyalty oath (Sideshow Bob says, “Loyalty oaths are detested by many good Republicans who solidly back our party’s principles and who have never voted for a Democrat in their lives.”)

*Editorial: GOP demands party loyalty (“Do {voters} agree to be mindless party loyalists or keep their options open to decide for themselves whom to support in November?”

*Montana Senate race most-competitive as 2012 nears (“Who won 2011: Kaine”)

*Republican Virginia US Senate candidate drops out of race, says GOP voters, party favor Allen

*Judge sets timetable for Perry’s bid to get on Va. ballot

*Study: Virginia ranks in top 10 for police fatalities

*Wish List for 2012

*ART route will change in the new year

*Titanic artifacts headed to auction

*Forecast: Mild set of days ahead, but cold air looms

UPDATE: Also check out Ezra Klein on how Virginia’s ballot-access laws turn tables on GOP.  In short, Republicans LOVE LOVE LOVE making it harder for people to vote, as long as those people are lower income, African Americans, Latinos, young people, or anyone inclined to vote Democratic. But make it harder for Republicans to vote for who they want, and all hell breaks loose! (by the way, where’s the Republican outcry over Newt Gingrich’s  campaign apparently committing actual voter fraud – as opposed to imagined, as in Republicans’ fever dreams about ACORN, etc?).

  • Statement of Diana Egozcue, President of the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)

    The Associated Press reports that today (Thursday, Dec. 29) Gov. Robert McDonnell approved onerous, medically unnecessary emergency regulations for women’s clinics in Virginia that could undermine women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. The regulations require existing clinics to meet the same strict building standards as new hospital construction.

    On behalf of the women of Virginia, Virginia NOW denounces the politically motivated regulations signed today by Governor McDonnell. The governor and Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli have not fooled anyone by claiming that these regulations are needed to protect the health and safety of women. Virginia clinics have an excellent record of providing high-quality, safe services. It is incomprehensible that these burdensome regulations have any purpose other than to make it more difficult to obtain a first-trimester abortion in Virginia and ultimately to shut down clinics.

    The politicization of this entire process is disgraceful. One of the medical experts who advised state health officials on these regulations was told that existing clinics could be “grandfathered in” and would not be held to standards that were not in place when they opened. However, Attorney General Cuccinelli rewrote the regulations formulated by the medical experts and then the governor stacked the Board of Health membership with appointees who would ensure the rewritten regulations were passed. Add to that the intimidation by the office of the attorney general during the Board of Health vote on the regulations and you have a process that is disrespectful to all Virginians.

    We assure you, Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli, the women of Virginia have watched this charade. You say you are trying to protect women, but these regulations are not protection. They are harmful to women’s health and show that in Virginia, women are still considered property especially during pregnancy.

    Virginia NOW condemns the actions of the governor and attorney general and will work with our allies to protect women’s clinics in Virginia and to protect women’s health and lives.