Virginia's Abortion Clinics Will Be Regulated as Hospitals Under New Bill

Virginia's General Assembly agreed Thursday that abortion clinics in the state should be regulated as hospitals rather than doctors' offices.

First-trimester abortions, which are now considered medical procedures that can be performed in a setting such as a physicians office, will be performed in hospital-like settings under the new bill, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

These rules could shut down 17 of Virginia's 21 abortion clinics, the Washington Post reported.

Supporters said this bill will improve the quality of care provided to women, but opposers believe it denies women the rights they earned in Roe v. Wade.

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