Virginia state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion Tuesday that their state health agency can institute standards for currently-unregulated abortion clinics –and abortion supporters are fuming that such oversight will close clinics.
As always, their concern is the abortion business bottom line, not sanitation and safety for women.
Like Kansas, Virginia abortion clinics largely operate as “physician offices,” not subject to statutory requirements, inspection or licensure.
In his legal opinion, Cuccinelli concluded that the state Board of Health, which already regulates hospitals and nursing homes, has the authority to write new regulations, including requirements that abortionists:
- hold hospital privileges;
- use professionally-trained counselors;
- operate sterile facilities;
- maintain accurate medical records;
- provide emergency plans & services.
Cuccinelli’s opinion was a response to requests from lawmakers. The opinion applies only to first-trimester abortions. Second- and third-trimester abortions in Virginia are performed in hospitals.
In 2004, then-Kansas Attorney General Kline urged lawmakers to pass clinic inspection and oversight, and showed the need for such a bill with photographs of a filthy, roach-and-rodent-infested Kansas City abortion clinic.
This was a clinic in which visiting police declined to be seated, and reported their disgust at its condition to a non-responsive Kansas Healing Arts Board. Kansas Gov. Sebelius twice vetoed that abortion clinic regulatory bill.
Kansas has four abortion facilities:
- a “physician office” in Kansas City;
- a “physician office” in Overland Park;
- an unlicensed Planned Parenthood facility in Lawrence;
- a licensed Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park.
The Lawrence facility dispenses abortion pills. It is not inspected, nor is there a physician onsite at all times (if at all) as he spends the bulk of his time at 2 other Planned Parenthood locations in Kansas and Missouri. This is a serious loophole, particularly as this facility largely serves college students without parental supervision.
Iowa is dealing with abortion dispensed “via phone” (telemed) without an actual physical examination. Could this be the situation in Lawrence ?