Virginia Health Chief Resigns Over Abortion Clinic Regulations

By LARRY O'DELL
|  Thursday, Oct 18, 2012  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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Tougher Rules Approved for Va. Abortion Clinics

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Tougher Rules Approved for Va. Abortion Clinics

A higher standard for safety or a de facto ban on abortions -- that's the debate over strict new medical building regulations approved Friday in Virginia. News4's Derrick Ward explains what it could mean for existing women's health clinics in the commonwealth.
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Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley resigned Thursday over the state's controversial new abortion clinic regulations.

Remley submitted her resignation, which is effective immediately, to Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Issues surrounding the development and enforcement of the clinic regulations have created an environment that compromises her ability to fulfill her duties, Remley said the letter. She did not elaborate.

The state Board of Health last month adopted regulations that require existing abortion clinics in Virginia to meet the same construction standards as new hospitals. Abortion-rights advocates argued the strict standards could force most clinics out of business.

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