Yesterday afternoon at a campaign event, Democrat candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe, pledged to unilaterally alter the abortion center safety standards recently adopted by the Virginia Board of Health by an overwhelmingly bipartisan 13-2 vote. He has made clear during the campaign that he opposes the standards, enabled as part of a bipartisan law passed during the 2011 General Assembly, but this is the first time he has said he will repeal or alter them Barack-Obama-style by some type of executive action without legislative approval. Both the transcript and video of his comments are below. McAuliffe says in the video and transcript just made available by Susan B. Anthony List that two of the 20 abortion centers in Virginia have either closed or will close and that "they'll all close" if he doesn't issue what he called a "guidance opinion by mid-March" to "grandfather" the standards to allow the abortion centers to remain open. He made this promise knowing full well that hundreds of safety violations have been discovered at abortion centers in Virginia since last year when announced inspections of such facilities were re-establisehd for the first time since the early 1980s. As he elaborates in his comments, in essence, McAuliffe wants abortion centers in Virginia to be a Wild West of abortion activity — unmanageable and unaccountable.
This reckless promise also comes in the recent aftermath of the conviction of notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell for killing babies after they survived botched abortions. Remember, it was then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge who ignored the law in that state requiring abortion center inspections that allowed Gosnell to go unnoticed for years, harming untold numbers of women and children.
The safety standards adopted by the Virginia Board of Health are designed to prevent exactly the type of gross malpractice and criminal behavior committed by Gosnell and which has been uncovered in several states since his conviction, including the deaths of pregnant women. In fact, as I wrote previously on this blog, even Gosnell's attorney opposes McAuliffe's position and that of his ticket mates, Senator Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor and Senator Mark Herring for attorney general.
We will have more on this story by next week. Here is the video and a transcript of McAuliffe's comments:
McAuliffe doesn't care about women's safety. Just political paybacks to his abortion-on-demand base.
I can do what I talked about, issue a guidance opinion by March to keep the remaining health centers open. I can do that myself as Governor. That’s why I said I’ll do that by March to keep the remaining, uh, Norfolk is closed. Fairfax is closed, or closing, so there will be 18 left. Only one of those 18 actually meet the, the requirements so they’ll all close if I don’t do that. But I will issue what’s called a guidance opinion by mid-March which will say that these regulations, I have, the General Assembly wasn’t definitive with the Board of Health as to the rules, I can give a guidance opinion to the Board of Health to grandfather in those remaining clinics to keep them open. That’s why this election is so important, and I will do that.
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