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AUL To Testify in Virginia Board of Health Hearings on Abortion Clinic Regulations

“The horrific headlines of young women, dead, after surgical abortions are tragic evidence of the need for better supervision of an under-regulated, profit-driven industry,” said AUL’s Anna Franzonello.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-11-13) – Americans United for Life Staff Counsel Anna Franzonello will testify today in Virginia on the need for comprehensive regulations that “hold the abortion industry to the same medical standards as other surgical facilities for the protection of vulnerable women and girls. The horrific headlines of young women, dead, after surgical abortions are tragic evidence of the need for better supervision of an under-regulated, profit driven industry.”

The Virginia Board of Health is holding a public hearing on the state’s proposed abortion clinic regulations in Alexandria, Virginia, at 1 p.m. in the John Marshall Public Library.

“Since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged that a state has ‘a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that ensure maximum safety for the patient,’” Franzonello will note in her testimony. To read her entire remarks, click here.

Following the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, AUL’s premier legal team has aggressively pursued a strategy of rolling back and reversing Roe through model legislation. Abortion clinic regulations are part of a special package of targeted legislation crafted to confront the abortion industry substandard practices and disregard for women’s health. In 2013, this targeted approach includes:

  • The Women’s Health Defense Act (which limits abortions at or after 20-weeks gestation based on concern for women’s health)
  • The Abortion Patients’ Enhanced Safety Act (which requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as other facilities performing outpatient surgeries)
  • The Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act
  • The Women’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act
  • The Parental Involvement Enhancement Act
  • The Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act
  • The Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Act

For more information on the 2013 edition of Defending Life, click here.