RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Wednesday, protesters delivered 5,500 public comments to the state’s health commissioner asking the board of health to amend current regulations on Virginia’s abortion clinics requiring hospital-like standards.
The protest comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to have facilities that match walk-in surgical centers.
The court ruled that the regulations were medically unnecessary, and unconstitutionally limited a woman’s right to an abortion.
Anna Scholl with Progress Virginia says like Texas, many clinics have had to shut down since the regulations were put into place.
“In 2011 there were 21 first trimester abortion clinics in the commonwealth and today there are 14,” Scholl said.
Victoria Cobb with The Family Foundation says she is disappointed with the court’s decision.
“Yes you actually have to have sterilized equipment, yes you actually should not have blood on your equipment or on the tables, this is what they were designed to do and they’re doing that,” Cobb said.
Cobb says regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, she believes Virginia’s regulations are not in danger.
“Regardless of where one stands in the abortion questions we need to make sure women are in the environment where they can have a safe procedure,” said Cobb.
Now we ask 8News viewers, do you think Virginia should amend current regulations on abortion clinics?