This Friday, the Virginia Board of Health will once again consider safety regulations for abortion centers. Perhaps the most important of these is a requirement that hallways and doorways be wide enough to accommodate a stretcher in cases of emergency (for why, click on the photo at right to enlarge). Pro-choice groups are strongly opposed to the requirements, arguing that the expenses involved are high enough to drive abortion centers out of business. They’d rather have an unsafe, open clinic than a closed one.
The state legislature passed a comprehensive abortion clinic regulation statute last year, setting forth minimum standards and directing the Board of Health to work out the details. In June, the Board of Health came back with something below the statutory minimum, and the Attorney General’s Office sent them back to the drawing board.
There will be a hearing, open to the public, this Friday morning. Last time, abortion supporters were out in full force. We need plenty of pro-life bodies to show that this measure DOES have grassroots support, and that pro-life is pro-woman!
The address is 9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA (boardroom 2). The earlier you get there, the more likely you are to get a space in the room itself; first come, first served. If you do get there later, you can help simply by being a pro-life presence in front of the building, where there are sure to be plenty of news cameras. If possible, wear a pro-life shirt or button, or carry a pro-life sign.
Hope to see you there!