Legal challenge possible to legislation requiring abortion clinics to be regulated as hospitals
An amended health bill requiring the state’s abortion clinics to be regulated like hospitals has passed the Virginia Senate and is expected to be signed by the Governor. Republicans have fought for it for years...but as Charles Fishburne reports, the fight may not be over yet.
The vote was 20-20, with Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling casting the tie-breaker. But opponents could take it to court.
Tobias: I think there will be challenges.
Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond.
Tobias: I think they will argue that it violates the Constitution because this imposes an undue burden on the woman's right to have an abortion.
Democratic lawmakers and women’s rights activists say requiring the clinics to be regulated like hospitals could put them out of business.
Tobias: If the judge agrees with the opponents, then the judge is likely to enjoin the implementation of the statute, but those are a couple of ifs. But I think that's what could well happen.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News