The Governor's Hurry Up Offense

Last week, when the Board of Health was forced by the McAuliffe administration’s incompetence to delay a vote on dismantling abortion center health and safety standards, pro-abortion forces argued that a “special meeting” of the Board must be scheduled to get the vote done as soon as possible.

They argued, based on a distorted reading of a Supreme Court opinion from earlier this year, that the vote must happen as soon as possible or we’ll be violating a “directive of the Supreme Court” (really, they said that) or the world will end or women will die or some such hysterical drivel. 

So, of course, Department of Health and Board leaders immediately began working toward putting this costly and unnecessary meeting together.   Cause, you know, we’ll be violating the Supreme Court’s directive and women will die and the Redskins will lose (wait, they do that anyway, nevermind).

In reality, there isn’t really a compelling reason for the Department of Health to spend taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary meeting.  There’s no emergency.  None.  Not a single abortion center in Virginia is on the verge of being closed due to the standards the Governor is so desperate to dismantle.  (One recently closed after its license was suspended because it never submitted a “plan of correction” that would have gotten it off the hook.)   Not a single one is going to close because of the dreaded “construction standards” because the Commissioner of Health has granted variances to those standards where an abortion center has asked for one.

So, in truth, there’s no legitimate reason to add an expensive meeting. 

But there may be a political one.  After all, Terry McAuliffe is Governor of Virginia for one reason and one reason alone – deliver the Commonwealth to Hillary Clinton in the election.  And one group that he is trying to appease is the radical pro-abortion wing of the Democrat party.  But, after coming into office nearly three years ago with repealing abortion center health and safety standards as a top priority, he still hasn’t delivered on that promise.  Now, it isn’t for lack of trying.  He asked Bob McDonnell appointed members to leave the Board early to pave the way, but most refused.  And the regulatory process in Virginia isn’t exactly quick.  Plus, the Board delayed votes on their own a couple of times, bringing us to this point.  A little over a month out from the election, and abortion center health and safety standards are still in place. 

So Terry has to deliver, and it has to happen before November 8.  He has to make the hysterical wing of the party happy, and if it costs the taxpayers a few extra thousand dollars, so be it.  He won’t be hanging around Virginia after he leaves office, so what does he care about deficits. 

Remember, when you see the urgent calls for a special Board of Health meeting, the true passion behind it isn’t about women’s health or the law, its politics, plain and simple.