At a campaign event today, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe pledged to exempt existing abortion clinics from having to comply with the health and safety standards approved by the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Health.
McAuliffe completely ignores the fact that more than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year – including blood stained equipment and tables and even a doctor performing procedures with unwashed hands.
Emily Buchanan, treasurer of Women Speak Out – Virginia said in response: “Terry McAuliffe has been unwilling to talk about the regulations publicly, but all along has had a secret plan to roll back regulations passed by the General Assembly and Board of Health. It is disturbing to see a politician so dedicated to the institution of abortion that he would fight to keep substandard facilities open. Virginia voters deserve to know that Terry McAuliffe would use the Governor’s office to support abortion businesses, rather than to protect Virginia women and families.”
Transcript: “I can do what I talked about, issue a guidance opinion by March to keep the remaining health centers open. I can do that myself as Governor. That’s why I said I’ll do that by March to keep the remaining, uh, Norfolk is closed. Fairfax is closed, or closing, so there will be 18 left. Only one of those 18 actually meet the, the requirements so they’ll all close if I don’t do that. But I will issue what’s called a guidance opinion by mid-March which will say that these regulations, I have, the General Assembly wasn’t definitive with the Board of Health as to the rules, I can give a guidance opinion to the Board of Health to grandfather in those remaining clinics to keep them open. That’s why this election is so important, and I will do that.”