McAuliffe revamps health board, directs “review” of abortion clinic standardsPolicyVirginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe is doing what he said he would – support abortion on-demand. In his latest scheme, McAuliffe has asked four members of the Board of Health to resign early in advance of its next June 5 meeting (their terms were set to expire June 30) in order to, likely, circumvent or inhibit new regulations that truly do promote women’s health by ensuring abortion clinics meet minimum healthcare standards.

In perusing articles in the Virginian-Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Washington Post, precious little attention is given to why these regulations were put into effect in the first place (or, in the case of the Post, why they have been “imposed”). What you won’t read in these articles is this portion of a statement released yesterday by Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation:

“The Board of health has adopted reasonable standards that include inspections and basic sanitary conditions. As a result of these standards, Virginia public health officials found over 100 health and safety violations [including] blood stained and unsterilized equipment, violations of parental consent laws, lack of adequate staff training and on and on. The abortion center health and safety standards are doing exactly what they were intended to do, force the industry to clean up its act and protect women, but it is more interested in spending money on elections than on women’s health.”

Cobb further questions, “Why is the abortion industry so afraid of having public health officials inspect their facilities if they are safe?”

“The health and safety violations that have been found because the standards are in place are proof enough that the industry cannot be trusted,” she said.

Abortion advocates donated more than $1 million to McAuliffe’s campaign.

“This was an overtly political move,” said House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). “The General Assembly, by law, directed the Board of Health to establish regulations to protect the health and safety of women who seek an abortion. This seems like another attempt by the McAuliffe administration to undermine a law they don’t like, and that is very troubling.”

Given that these regulations are Virginia law, one would expect the attorney general to uphold them. Of course, with this administration, that doesn’t appear to be the case. It would appear that Attorney General Mark Herring is gearing up to find ways around the regulations:

“The Governor’s announcements today are extremely positive steps to make sure Virginia women have access to needed healthcare services. In addition to naming a slate of eminently qualified individuals to serve on the State Board of Health, his request for a review of the TRAP regulations is a prudent step. Throughout that review, my office and I will work with Board members to ensure they are well-informed about their powers and responsibilities in the regulatory process.”

The governor also announced that the state would be supporting Planned Parenthood in providing HIV screenings for men and women. That, on its face, seems like a good idea. However, every state dollar spent towards Planned Parenthood is a resource to:

1) Get them more involved and “trusted” within the community
2) Is one less dollar that has to be reallocated from their abortion budget to provide those other healthcare services

As an aside, why is it that whenever Democrats talk about these issues they always default to a conversation about the health of the woman? One would presume that the baby’s health is pretty important too, don’t you think?

J.R. Hoeft is the founder of BearingDrift.com.

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  • Turtles Run

    “lIn his latest scheme, McAuliffe has asked four members of the Board of Health to resign early in advance of its next June 5 meeting (their terms were set to expire June 30) in order to, likely, circumvent or inhibit new regulations that truly do promote women’s health by ensuring abortion clinics meet minimum healthcare standards.”

    Scheme? Interesting word choice. Because if the state was interested in the promoting women’s health then they would have forced other health care facilities to meet the same standards that abortion clinics are forced too. But for some reason the concern to protect a patient’s health does not extend to clinics that do colonoscopies, eye surgery, vasectomies, or LASIK.

    Also, why was grandfathering not allowed for these facilities as is allowed? How big was the uproar from the VA GOP when AG Cuccinelli threatened the health board members that his office would not defend them in any lawsuits (as he is required to do) if they grandfathered these facilities?

    Texas has put in these same TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and they seem more about denying the reproductive rights of women more than protecting their health.

    From the Houston Chronicle

    http://blog.chron.com/worldwithnoboundaries/2013/09/a-doctors-answer-to-texas-abortion-law/

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jchristopherstearns J. Christopher Stearns

    2013 is going to sting for many years to come…

    • MD Russ

      And social conservatives and Tea Partiers only have themselves to blame, Chris. Republicans had a golden opportunity to keep the Governor’s Mansion and the Lt. Governor’s vote in the Senate by nominating right-of-center candidates. Instead they nominated a firebrand social conservative for Governor and an inexperienced hardline Tea Partier for Lt. Governor. Given the right Republican candidates, McAuliffe couldn’t have won the election in his own dining room on Thanksgiving Day with the family dog getting a vote.

      At the dire risk of saying, “I told you so,” I predicted this very outcome here on Bearing Drift after the “Republican” convention and got flamed for it by the hard right wingers who were probably spitting Kool-Aide on their computer screens while they did it. Unbiased opinion polls mean nothing to so-cons and Tea Partiers compared with “principles.” Well, you have your principles intact and the Democrats have the Governor’s Mansion. Pardon me if I am not all that sympathetic now that McAuliffe and Company are slashing and burning their way through the Republican agenda.

      • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

        I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Samuel E Morrison

    Someone who didn’t use their real name said it, so I will repeat it.

    If the GOP really cared about Women’s Health, as opposed to pushing messaging bills about abortion to fire up a segement of their base, and if they really cared about property rights, as opposed to just paying it lip service, they would have applied these new regulations to every time of health care facility that was previously in the same class as abortion clinics.

    To quote “Turtle Run” those include…” clinics that do colonoscopies, eye surgery, vasectomies, or LASIK.”

    As someone who’s sister is now blind in one eye because of a botched LASIK procedure that could have been avoided had their been more stringent standards, I would fully support applying those standards to everyone. As it stands now, and I don’t use this word lightly, Republicans are just lying when they say this is just about women’s health. It’s about restricting access to abortions, plain and simple. And though I am pro-life, there is not a method in the world short of imprisonment and force-feeding that can force a woman to keep a child she does not want.

    • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

      First – that’s an outstanding idea. Any clinic that does an invasive operation on the body must meet minimum standards. Who wants anything that’s not sterile entering the body. Particularly with this on the horizon:

      http://www.economist.com/news/international/21601547-running-out-ammunition-war-germs-drugs-dont-work

      Second – we have a long way to go with the “life” argument, including making it seem valuable and worthwhile again. Abortions are up. Murders are up. Suicides are up. Are we really a culture of life? Do we really care for one another?

      Third – a woman needs alternatives. I fully support crisis pregnancy centers and the work they do. It’s more than just a woman “not wanting” a child – she needs to know she has support, love, and resources to care for it. Even if that means giving the baby up for adoption at term if she doesn’t want it, but treated very well when she’s carrying the baby.

      • Turtles Run

        Mr Hoeft

        1. I am glad you agree with expanding these laws to other facilities. Your link gives added weight to the use of chemical abortions versus invasive types. I propose till that the state legislatures in each of these states with TRAP laws suspend their enforcement till laws are put on the books making the field level for all participants.

        2. I have good news for you abortion rates are at their lowest rate since 1973 and even better the teenage pregnancy rate is also at its lowest level as well. It seems we can thank realistic sex education, easy access to contraception, and the freedom to choose.

        http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

        http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

        http://goplifer.com/2014/04/29/good-news-on-teen-pregnancy-is-bad-news-for-fundamentalists/

        3. Women do need alternatives but they also need the truth. Crisis Pregnancy Centers have been found to provide debunked and false medical information concerning abortions. Often these centers are simply a front to guilt and shame women.

        If we really want to give women alternatives then we need to put our money where mouths are. Women often claim financial hardship as the root to have an abortion. As a person that detests abortions I believe that we should provide the following to women:

        1. subsidized day care so women that work can easily afford to send their children to a quality day care center

        2. expand health care coverage to these women and their families

        3. Expand the FMLA to 1 year paid

        4. Expand realistic family planning education and options.

        When I see the so-called pro-life movement support these actions then I will finally believe their actions really do support life and not the removal of choices from people.

        • MD Russ

          Turtle,

          That is a major point about the reduction in abortions and teen pregnancies. Pro-life groups like to use the raw numbers instead of the number per thousand in the population. That supports their contention that the number of abortions and teen pregnancies are increasing, not declining. Just the opposite is the case. As the population is increasing, the number of abortions and teen pregnancies per thousand people is decreasing, dramatically in all racial groups and almost 30% overall between 1990 and 2007–the latest statistics published by the US Census.

          http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0101.pdf

          • Nana Mary

            Of course SDTs, oral sex between preteens and abortion PILLS usage are all exploding, aren’t they? Titillate a preteen with movies, books and even sex-ed classes and this is what you get. Set up these habits for their lifetime, as they can be addictive, you know. Entertainment no matter the cost! PP telling girls it’s exciting to have someone use you, and you can use them–and even pooping on them is “sexy.” (See Life News 7-17-14 if you dare!)
            Then when birth control fails, or they don’t use it after all, the resultant baby is the one who pays with it’s life. ” Former Planned Parenthood Staffer Admits: “We Never Discuss Fetal Development” and rape is just fine with them, “Abortionist Who Failed to Report Rape of 13-Year-Old Heads to Court Next Month.” (the law doesn’t matter here either.)

            If we fail to protect the most vulnerable, unborn, elderly, or inexperienced pre-teen, we aren’t much of a civilization.

          • MD Russ

            Well, Nana Mary, I am not aware of any statistics concerning oral sex between preteens and really would care to not see any. And I am even less interested in seeing statistics on people who poop on each other for thrills. As for the use of contraceptive pills (as opposed to abortion pills) seeing an increase would be a positive thing, in my opinion. As for STDs, the rate of infection peaked back in 1975 and has been on a steady decline since then, according to the CDC. The only increases in STD rates have been among gay and bisexual men. But as people of your temperament well know, they’re all going to Hell anyway, right?

            http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats07/trends.htm

            BTW, most of your pro-life crowd would like to make an abortion for a 13-year-old rape victim illegal.

          • Nana Mary

            There are so many articles you must have missed! Here is some of one:
            ” . . .A fascinating study by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, utilizing data from the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth, shows among women who have ever been pregnant (between 2006-2010) that 10% of women who’ve never used contraception have had one or more abortions. However, 20.2% of women who’ve ever usedcontraception have had one or more abortions. Of those having abortions, 70.4% had their first intercourse at 16 years of age or younger. Contrast that with the 5% of those having abortions who’ve had their first sexual intercourse at the age of 20 or older. Delaying sexual activity clearly lowers likelihood of abortion. (The demographic having the most abortions are those ages 20-24, which comprise 33% of all nationwide abortions in 2010.)

            That aside, how any black “journalist” can spin the fact that more black babies are aborted than are born aliveis beyond comprehension. In New York City, for every 1,000 black babies that are born alive, 1,223 are aborted. The black community is the only demographic where this occurs. (This is illuminated in ourTooManyAborted.com/NY ad campaign.) Yet Goff and other abortion apologists celebrate it as empowerment.

            In 1968 in NYC, there were 68 maternal deaths with 141,920 live births, 608 legal abortions and 59 illegal abortions according to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2008 (the last year Guttmacher reported national abortion numbers), there were 44 maternal deaths with 82,475 legal and “safe” abortions and less live births (121,756).

            Let’s not forget that Dr. Mary Calderone, Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, declared in 1959: “Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure…90% of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians. Many of these physicians are in good standing in their communities.”

            Well, there you have it. So much for the myth of 5,000 women dying from “unsafe” abortions. Planned Parenthood said so. And there is no legitimate federal source that provides such numbers. It’s a fabrication from NARAL. Even Guttmacher reported (in yet another example of their statistical contradictory nature and unsubstantiated data sources) that less than an estimated 880 women died of abortion-related causes in a 6-year period from 1965 to 1970, averaging about 147 deaths per year. The CDC reported in 1972, prior to Roe, that there were 24 deaths from legal and “safe” abortion and 39 from illegal abortions…a far cry from the trumped up number hanging from liberal feminists equally mythological hangers.

            The truth is, medical advances (mostly antibiotics and improved medical practices) protect women. It’s the reason why maternal mortality rates came crashing down from a high of 607.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1915 to 21.5 per 100,00 live births in 1970. This dramatic drop was obviously not the result of “safe abortion”. Maternal mortality rates are currently around 12.7 per 100,000 births, which translates into 548 tragic deaths nationwide.

            How do 548 deaths even begin to justify the deliberately caused deaths of 1.21 million unborn children? When we show love and care to both mother and child, we all benefit. Pregnancy Care Centers are a huge part of that compassionate equation, offering all of their life-affirming services for free (unlike Planned Parenthood which charges for every service).

            Contraception has given millions the false sense of protection and a license to abandon responsibility. In the 1940s, 3.8% of children were born outside of marriage. Today, that reality is 41%. Of the 1.21 million abortions in the nation, 85% are among unmarried women. It’s a faux choice for a woman to have to choose between abortion or personal death. Embracing abortion as a solution further intensifies the abandonment that is part of a warped “prochoice” mentality.

            Roe has encouraged men to have sex and run, while abortion and poverty have taken the place of fathers.

            Goff absurdly asserts: “The bottom line is that if a woman doesn’t have adequate contraceptive coverage, family planning guidance or access to safe and legal abortion—and, in some cases, access to safety-net assistance programs and Medicaid because they’ve been reduced by budgetary cutbacks—what exactly is she supposed to do?”

            How about exercise self-control? Men and women have that choice every single day, but Goff insists that without government welfare and contraception, a black woman has no other choice. She parrots the propaganda of an industry birthed in eugenic racism and rooted in blatant dishonesty. When black babies are aborted at rates 5 times that of the majority population and 79% of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics are located in majority black and Hispanic neighborhoods, there isn’t a lack of access to “reproductive healthcare”. There is, however, a severe lack of access to the truth. Tragically, The Root chooses to contribute to the deliberate and fatal miseducation of a generation. It’s not about contraception. It’s about deception. . .”

            Here is another fascinating site:

            http://www.toomanyaborted.com/debunk-bed-mates/

          • Nana Mary

            Primary and Secondary Syphilis — United States, 2005–2013
            May 9, 2014 / 63(18);402-406
            Monica E. Patton, MD1, John R. Su, MD2, Robert Nelson, MPH2, Hillard Weinstock, MD2 (Author affiliations at end of text)

            In 2013, based on data reported as of April 28, 2014, the rate of reported primary and secondary syphilis in the United States was 5.3 cases per 100,000 population,
            more than double the lowest-ever rate of 2.1 in 2000. . . .

            http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6318a4.htm?s_cid=mm6318a4_w

            Gonorrhea

            n Cases reported in 2012: 334,826
            n Rate per 100,000 people: 107.5; 4.1% increase since 2011
            http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STD-Trends-508.pdf

            STDs are a significant health challenge facing the United States. CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15–24.
            http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STD-Trends-508.pdf

          • Nana Mary

            Absolutely. In my life I have been a “homebound” teacher for a 14-year-old high school student during the last couple of months as she waited to birth her lovely and large, well-nourished 8 lb. baby, who was put up for adoption.

            There is no need to rip to pieces a sentient human being for the convenience of anyone. The number of couples waiting to adopt is quite large, often caused by STDs or other problems of modern living like stress. Yet most pro-choicers would never hurt a cat or goat or elephant, yet it’s okay to discriminate by size or stage of development against preborn humans? Look at the videos! This is pure SCIENCE! http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_illustrated.php
            Expliquez-moi.

      • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

        I’m shocked, shocked I say, to see your newfound support for these laws to apply to all clinics. Assuming that was your intention all along when these rules were enacted, I’m disappointed that you weren’t promoting that.

        I’d respect your credibility a lot more if you (and others) would simply admit that the goal of the new rules were to restrict access to abortion.

        • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

          These rules should apply to all clinics performing invasive procedures. That makes a lot of sense. That said, I don’t see why it’s so tough for those who care so much about women to want to ensure they get the best care. Is that wrong?

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Your first answer before editing was much better.

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            I think I’ve been more than credible on this topic. I think abortion is a blight on our society. Even Democrats used to think it should be “safe, rare, and legal.” While I disagree that mass extermination should be “legal,” one would think we could agree on making it at least safe. Apparently that doesn’t meet the litmus test anymore either with the left.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            …mass extermination…

            Wow. Hyperbole much?

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            Well what do you call the murder of 56 million people?

          • Turtles Run

            Abortion rates were much higher prior to Roe so it seems that outlawing or making it more difficult to obtain safe legal abortions will do nothing to stop it from happening.

            Education, easy access to contraception, and freedom to make choices are how the abortion rates have been lowered, not forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies..

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            No one is denying your second paragraph. I also think faith, realistic alternatives, and promoting a culture of life is helping.

            But don’t talk to me about rates. I’m talking about lives.

          • Turtles Run

            Those rates are lives. If the rate would have remained constant then your total would be much higher. Abortion has been around for thousands of years and to pretend it will end by simply outlawing it is not going to change that from happening. All that will happen with these laws is that you now are endangering the life of women needlessly.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            If you want “safer” abortions, why do you want them to have as close to “back alley” abortions as possible?

          • Nana Mary

            “Abortion rates were much higher prior to Roe . . .”

            Even Bernard Nathanson admitted that that was a lie concocted for the press. They wanted the press, the “mainstream media” to support this scheme, and they sure got it.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Honestly, I don’t know. “Mass extermination” implies malice and hatred, so that’s out for me.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            When 50% of blacks are killed before they are born, it’s not that big of a stretch. Far more fetuses are aborted than people murdered.While you may argue they aren’t people, given that maybe only 5% of abortions are done due to rape or to save the life of the mother or even due to birth defects that would severely limit the life of the fetus after birth, there’s a serious issue.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            Not sure where your response went.

            http://www.bet.com/news/health/2013/04/01/commentary-why-are-black-abortion-rates-so-high.html

            I might need some time to find the stat I said, u ntil I find it, I will regard your statement that it is is 6 percent as truth for the time being, but they are disproportionately high. Blacks make up 30% of all abortions according to this BET article.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Don’t bother. I’m not taking you as credible for a while.

          • Turtles Run

            Well if the goal was to insure women get the best of care then why was the law limited to just abortion clinics? Also, are you also claiming that the the GOP in not concerned with the care that men and children receive. You seem to be weaving a confusing message or you believe that people are too stupid to understand what is really occuring .

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            I believe that having a serious conversation where one person is transparent as to who they are and what they think vs. someone who hides behind the veneer of anonymity is a worthless endeavor. I write the posts you comment on…so, you’re probably already aware that I care deeply about the future of our country and commonwealth and ensuring its people are prosperous and happy.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Ok, my identity is open. I’ll ask those same questions. And I’ll pass control of the board over to you…

          • Turtles Run

            I have answered this question before and I will do it again. I do not use my real identity because of a stalking issue I experienced before from another person on the DISQUS boards. I could simply invent a name and no one would be the wiser but I choose to be honest with my actions.

            My comments will be exactly the same whether I use the “Turtles Run”, my real name, or a fake name. Now if you are unwilling to judge me upon the quality of my replies versus my name then that is your choice.

            Also, you’re probably already aware that I also care deeply about the future of our country and ensuring its people are prosperous and happy.

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            I am deeply concerned with 56 million Americans who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. If making abortion clinics have high standards mitigates that, I’m good with it. Most other outpatient procedures don’t result in death – which is exactly what happens with every abortion. That said, I do favor regulations to ensure every invasive procedure has basic healthcare standards that you would expect from a dentist or doctor’s office. As for not advocating for it when the laws were passed, honestly, I didn’t think about it until it was brought up in this thread and, frankly, it’s a good idea. Do I think the construction standards/parking lot issues need to be part of the standards? No. I think those were an overstretch.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            …Do I think the construction standards/parking lot issues need to be part
            of the standards? No. I think those were an overstretch.

            Yet you failed to say that during the original controversy. How convenient.

          • louexis

            “These rules should apply to all clinics performing invasive procedures”

            All of a sudden you Republicans are saying the same rules should apply to all invasive clinics. I wonder if you think that the clinics that exist should be grandfathered? Because that is what started the controversy about the Health Board when Cuccinelli threatened them. The fact that not one Republican law maker or leader spoke out against Cuccinelli’s actions shows the hypocrisy or the Republican Party of Virginia.

          • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

            “All of a sudden you Republicans”

            Do I have a vote in General Assembly? I didn’t realized I had been elected. Awesome!

          • louexis

            It may have sounded like sound legal advice to you but apparently the Health board took it as a threat and reversed their position on grandfathering existing womens health clinics. By the way they are womens health clinics not abortion clinics. They offer so many services to women in need that protects their health and their baby’s health beyond your single issue of abortion Maybe the legislation should use the TRAP rules for all the specialty clinics. I wonder who will scream the loudest then.

          • Donna Martin

            Speaking of hypocrisy. You Democrats are obsessed with killing babies. Why are you not as obsessed with executing criminals. Oh that’s right its inhumane because they may feel pain during the execution.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Listen up, Donna. I don’t think you’re going to find anybody who’s “obsessed with killing babies” and you know that too.

            Cut out stupid rhetoric like that and you’ve got a chance at somebody actually listening to you.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            So why did Alan Howze run for are the arlington county board on abortion rights when it isn’t even an extremely local matter? They are obsessed with it.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            The only thing that would be tangentially-related would be the impact on building codes. Other than that, it would seem to be a pandering effort to voters that can’t or don’t want to think for themselves.

            During the infamous Adam Tomer / Danny Marshall House of Delegates race here in Southside, the pandering and idiocy hit the low point when Tomer’s campaign went after Danny Marshall on Social Security. Sad to say, there were some people that actually believed that Social Security was a state issue.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            Vihstadt would have been only ONE of all the members of the board that had any republican “past”. They even threw libby garvey out of the ACDC (well, she resigned before they did) for supporting Vihstadt. She’s still a hardcore democrat, she just questioned the profligate spending. Abortion wasn’t the only national, not local issue Howze ran on. But he was trying to pander to low information voters, or was jumping the gun and thought he was running for governor..

          • Donna Martin

            How is regulating abortion clinics denying the reproductive rights of women. Maybe obsessed with killing babies is a little harsh. Maybe I should have said obsessed with abortion rights. Please correct me if i’m wrong but I believe the reproductive right of a woman is her right to abort her baby (also known as kill her baby) due to a pregnancy she doesn’t want . That is true and it is legal. So why is everyone so bent out of shape over regulating abortion clinics.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Here’s the problem. I’m in the middle ground and can see both sides of this argument.

            You have no chance to get me to listen to you again because you went off the rails with “obsessed with killing babies”.

            I believe that you already know the answer to your question, but I’ll answer it for you. The regulations that were clearly targeted against abortion providers made it much harder to comply with the rules. Some of the rules went clearly overboard (corridor width, parking lot requirements).

          • Donna Martin

            No, you’re wrong. I did not know about the corridor width and parking lot requirements. I agree some rules went clearly overboard.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            You just got your credibility back. I always factcheck everything that’s served up from both sides of an issue. You can look at the tap-dancing that’s happening in these comments to see how one-sided agenda people conveniently omit details to advance their cause.

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  • MD Russ

    What a travesty. An elected official is doing exactly what he promised to do when campaigning for office. Ken Cuccinelli promised to do the opposite if he was elected and lost. What in the Hell is wrong with these Virginia voters? Are they actually thinking for themselves?

    • http://bearingdrift.com/ J.R. Hoeft

      Don’t think it’s a travesty at all, MD. I’m just pointing out a fact. And, yes, elections have consequences…including nominations.

    • Arlingtonvirginia

      Baby killing uber alles, uber alles in der Welt!

      • MD Russ

        Good job. You just proved Godwin’s Law.

        • Arlingtonvirginia

          In Nazi germany, abortion was encouraged for “undesriables”. Kind of like how liberals insist on putting abortion providing planned parenthood clinics in majority minority areas. Nearly 50% of black pregnancies result in abortion. Liberals cheer that as “choice”. Yet you call republicans “racists”.

          • MD Russ

            First, I don’t recall ever calling Republicans racists. I have called racists racists. If some of them are also Republicans, that is not my fault anymore than the fact that most racists wear underwear. But I would not categorically define any political party as racists.

            Second, nearly 50% of black pregnancies do not result in abortion. The real number is a little over 6%, but I suppose that your statistic could have resulted from a rounding error.

            http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0101.pdf

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            http://www.bet.com/news/health/2013/04/01/commentary-why-are-black-abortion-rates-so-high.html

            Even if 6 percent it true, which I doubt, it still shows the most dangerous place for black youths to be is in the womb.

          • MD Russ

            Did you bother to click on the US Census link I provided, Doubting Thomas? Or are you one of those whack job conspiracy theorists who believes that even the Census Bureau is lying to the American people?

            BTW, is Carlsbad, CA, in the mountains outside of San Diego a heavily minority area? How about Charlottesville or Virginia Beach in Virginia? Perhaps you were referring to the slums of Annapolis and Silver Spring in Maryland? Shall I go on?

          • MD Russ

            And the US Census rate is based on all abortions, including those conducted in urban areas, the suburbs, and rural areas. I hate to break it to you, but even if the rate in urban areas was 50% among minorities, you couldn’t get it down to 6% by averaging all areas.

            As they say, Arlington, you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            Yeah, same with democrats. I’m still curious, if republicans are so racist, why would they make up those stats? They hate abortion more than you think they hate blacks?

          • MD Russ

            Where are you getting this crap that I think that Republicans are racists? Are you trying to change the subject?

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            I’m talking dems in general. How many times have they said if you don’t agree with them, it’s because you are a racist? We’re not the ones keeping minorities reliant on the state, perpetuating poverty, simply to get a loyal voter? Human beings a humans, not pets.

          • Turtles Run

            “How many times have they said if you don’t agree with them, it’s because you are a racist?”

            I will answer that one. ZERO times. As for the rest of your comment, well I have wiped better things off my shoes than that tripe.

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            Last time I checked, hampton roads has a lot of blacks. I admit I haven’t been since probably 1988 or 1989 and I should go back. I could give you a lot of census based or CDC statistics that would make you go nuts.

  • Edward N Virginia

    Asking her good question ( safety and efficacy of health care procedures and facilities is always a good question) –
    “Cobb further questions, “Why is the abortion industry so afraid of
    having public health officials inspect their facilities if they are
    safe?” -
    Ms Cobb should THEN immediately answer for her own organization:
    WHY does her organization – that claims the name ‘Family Foundation’ – REFUSE to support all Virginia families, by advocating and working to ensure that ALL VIRGINIA FAMILIES – including unborn, barely born, and recently born, as well as the born years ago, born decades ago, and born long ago – have access to safe, affordable, good quality health care?

  • Arlingtonvirginia

    Funny how the liberal deviants want abortion clinics to be as close to back alley abortions as possible. Baby killing uber alles!

    • Turtles Run

      What no update on how the current VA AG is to be disbarred?

      • Arlingtonvirginia

        It takes time. AG’s counsel responded to the complaint. They asked me to keep it confidential so I will not reveal. But it’s not over yet.

        • Turtles Run

          Yet here you are

          • Arlingtonvirginia

            Yet here I am what? I didn’t reveal any of the confidences. The contents of the letter is confidential, not that it exists. I’m most certainly not in an attorney client relationship with someone i’ve filed a ethical complaint. Against, think before you knee jerk defend someone due to political party.

          • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

            Proof Or Not Real.

  • Arlingtonvirginia

    One day these deviant liberals baby killers will be looked upon by history as far worse than even slavery supporters. At least slaves could rebel, they could fight back, they could escapte. But there’s no escape for a fetus when it’s sociopathic mother and liberal enablers want it dead because mommy can’t be inconvenienced.

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  • Arlingtonvirginia

    More arlibs wanting arlington values in richmond.

    http://www.arlnow.com/2014/05/15/progressive-voice-arlington-values-in-richmond/

    Once again they neglect they will benefit from the racial discrimination liberals call affirmative action. So much for equality.

  • Arlingtonvirginia

    Don’t forget the other liberal think Mcawful/Herring are doing, that was completely ignored in the past on here about the AG’s version of the dream act, given most illegal aliens are hispanic, they will also benefit from affirmative action here in virginia since state schools use it. So they will not only be getting in state tuition, they will get preferred admissions over MANY legal VA residents. That’s simply wrong and insult to injury.

    Now they want to make baby killing a bit dirtier. These people are sick.

    • Rednecksrule

      Establishment Republicans like the kind who created this blog are all for the Dream Act for illegals… soon to keep their sorry fundaments elected, they will be selling out on abortion too…whatever wins elections for these guys is all that matters.

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