Abortion clinics in Virginia thought they might have to close, since they were not able to meet tough new rules.
Under Governor Bob McDonnell, the Virginia Board of Health approved new requirements for abortion clinics – forcing them to follow the same rules as hospitals or shut down. Supporters of the change said it was needed, because clinics posed a danger to women’s health. This month, the state finished a routine semi-annual inspection of all 18 facilities and found no serious flaws. Erik Bodine is director of the Office of Licensure and Certification.