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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Contact: Emily Bolton
Office: (804)786-0147 
Cell: (804)839-9024 
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~ On the vote by the Virginia Board of Health to adopt amended regulations on healthcare facilities that provide abortion services ~

RICHMOND (September 17, 2015) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement after the Board of Health voted to adopt revised regulations for licensure of healthcare facilities that provide abortion services:

"Today was a good day for Virginia women whose reproductive rights have been attacked too often in recent years. This vote is a critical step in ensuring that Virginia women can make their own healthcare decisions and safely access the full range of services they need in the communities where they live. This regulatory process is being driven by medical professionals working with solid, correct legal advice, and the Board's decisions reflect a commitment to the law, patient safety, and the highest ethical standards. I appreciate the Board's hard work and commitment to getting this right, and Governor McAuliffe's prudent decision to initiate the periodic review that led to these revised regulations."

In May 2015, Attorney General Herring issued an official advisory opinion requested by Health Commissioner Doctor Marissa J. Levine in which he answered certain questions about the regulatory process and the authority of the Board of Health, including whether the Board of Health could apply certain design-and-construction standards to preexisting facilities. After exhaustive and careful review, Attorney General Herring concluded that "...in 2011 and 2013 the Board did not have the authority to apply the design-and-construction section of the regulations to facilities built before the regulations took effect, nor does it have the authority to do so now." Today's vote is consistent with that advice.


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