To the editor:
A few decades after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court in 1992 gave states the right to enact their own restrictions for access to abortions, as long as it is not an undue burden to the woman.
Less than two weeks ago, Virginia anti-abortion legislators passed a measure for abortion clinics to be held to the same standards as hospitals. This measure will likely force the closure of most of the 21 clinics in the state, as conforming to new hospital standards would be too costly. This new law also creates an undue burden for women seeking abortions. When this new measure goes before the Virginia Board of Health in an accelerated 280 days from passage (why so quick?) will the board members understand the ramifications of restricting access and what women will be forced to do to obtain an abortion, if that is their choice?
Why such sneakiness to pass this measure? Are procedures such as inserting this abortion amendment into a non-abortion-related bill to be the new norm?
Wisconsin just used a similar gimmick to strip collective bargaining rights from public employee unions. These underhanded procedures need to stop and any measure to be voted on should be openly debated. Shouldnt our states legislative business be conducted in an honest way? No matter what the issue may be, that is the right thing to do. And another reason to vote to retain our Democratic seats in Richmond.
To the editor: