This Thursday, June 5 the Virginia Board of Health will meet in Richmond, and with the recent actions of Governor Terry McAuliffe to bully five members off and replace them with his appointees, there’s little doubt that abortion center health and safety standards will be a topic of conversation. If you are able to attend the Board of Health meeting, please join us!  While no vote on abortion center standards is on the agenda, we anticipate that pro-abortion forces to be out to try to bully the board into watering down safety standards.

Recently, Governor McAuliffe asked the Board to review the abortion center standards.  It is our understanding that the Board is not obligated to do what the Governor asked.  And, since the standards have only been in place a short period of time, it is unnecessary to have yet another review.  This would be unprecedented in Virginia regulatory history.

Earlier today, I mailed every new appointee on the Board copies of all the inspection and re-inspection reports of abortion centers that we’ve been able to obtain through the Freedom of Information Act.  In an accompanying letter, I urged the new board members to “read and reflect on all that is found within these inspection reports before making any decision regarding health and safety standards for the abortion industry.”  I added, “I don’t believe that one can make a valid, educated decision on the appropriateness of the health and safety standards until one has thoroughly reviewed all of the abortion center inspection reports.”

The reports include over 300 violations of health and safety standards, some as recent as last month, that include bloody and unsterilized equipment, untrained staff, violations of state law and of federal drug policies, and more.  You can read more about the reasons we need these health and safety standards in an op-ed I have in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch.

This Thursday’s meeting will be at the Perimeter Center (9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233) at 9:00 am.  To ensure that you have a seat, I recommend that you be at the Perimeter Center no later than at 8:00 AM (earlier if possible) to prevent pro-abortion activists from filling the room and silencing your voice.  Again, we do not anticipate any vote being taken at the meeting, but the Board needs to know that pro-life Virginians do not want the state to go backwards and become a breeding ground for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell.

Terry McAuliffe received nearly $2 million in hush money from the abortion industry during his campaign.  It is up to us whether or not they will succeed in covering up the abortion industry’s record of health and safety violations and continue to put women at risk.  Please join us on Thursday if you can!