I was thrilled to get the following alert from Virginia Cobb of the Virginia Family Foundation. The clinic safety bill was killed in the Senate Committee on Education and Health which is so consistently pro-abortion it's called the "graveyard" for pro-life bills. But this time, pro-life senators took the strategy of adding abortion mills as an amendment to SB 924, a bill regulating hospitals and nursing homes. Senator Kathy Byron of Roanoke introduced the amendment. Two pro-life democrats, Phil Puckett of Tazewell and Chuck Colgan of Manassas, joined the eighteen Republicans to make it a 20-20 tie with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling casting the deciding vote. I cannot stress enough the significance of this vote. Pro-life Virginia has been trying for ten years to get minimal regulation of abortion mills passed. The recent exposure of like Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" in Philadelphia showed the dirty underbelly of "safe, legal abortion." Thanks be to God for this moment. The Board of Health will now be required to write abortion "clinic" safety regulations. Pray that the executive branch holds their feet to the fire. It's about time they were treated like other medical facilities.
From the Virginia Family Foundation:
Victory Alert: Abortion Clinic Safety Passes Senate!!
In a historic vote, the state Senate today approved legislation that requires the Board of Health to create regulation for abortion centers in Virginia! After over two decades of hiding behind a veil of political secrecy, abortion centers in Virginia will now face greater scrutiny and better health standards.
After a long and passionate debate on the Senate floor, the vote was 20-20 with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling casting the deciding vote in favor of the bill!
We will provide more information on this tremendous victory later.