How do you outlaw abortion without outlawing abortion?
Easy. In Virginia, first Governor Bob McDonnell signs a law that says abortion clinics will be subject to the same regulations as hospitals. (Not outpatient clinics that do things like plastic surgery or oral surgery, mind you, just abortion clinics.)
Then you pass a bunch of regulations for new hospital construction (like minimum hallway widths and specific ventilation systems), and remove the clause that exempts existing hospitals.
Voila! All 20 abortion providers in Virginia will have to make costly renovations, endangering their ability to continue operating.
The Virginia Board of Health didn’t want to do it. When they passed the regulations in June, they grandfathered in the existing clinics. But Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli threatened the Board with legal and financial consequences if they failed to remove the exemption, and for good measure, Governor McDonnell appointed a new Board member - Dr. John Seeds, vice chairman of the anti-abortion group OBGYNS for Life. Lo and behold, they got what they wanted.
Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.
No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure. — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell withdraws his support for a bill that would have forced women seeking abortions to undergo medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds. On the site, Michelle Goldberg writes that Republicans may be finally noticing that their crusade against reproductive rights is hurting them. (via newsweek)