Anti-choice Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued an opinion in which he argues for stricter regulations for the state’s abortion clinics. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said, “These so-called regulations are only an attempt to shut down abortion clinics in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Tarina Keene discusses the regulations on the Rachel Maddow Show.
Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory comments on Cuccinelli’s opinion, writing that “the great irony here is that by making it more difficult to access early abortions, the state would actually be putting women in greater danger.”
The Washington Post editorial board argues that additional regulations on abortion clinics are not needed in terms of improving women’s health, as Attorney General Cuccinelli claims, and that his opinion is a clear attempt to circumvent women’s rights with a “regulatory sleight of hand.”
RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty writes that women who lack health insurance coverage are increasingly turning to dangerous do-it-yourself abortions.
Yesterday Alaska voters approved an anti-choice ballot measure that requires parental notification for minors seeking abortion care.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking an injunction to prevent an aggressive anti-choice protester from entering the driveway leading to the Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is the first time that anyone in Florida has been charged under the 1994 Federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
Clint Didier, who made an unsuccessful bid in the Washington Senate primary and is backed by Tea Party activists, said he would endorse Republican Dino Rossi only if Rossi pledges to take more conservative positions on a number of issues, including abortion. Rossi declined to yield to Didier’s demands. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington executive director Lauren Simonds comments that “Rossi’s strategy has always been to appear as a moderate,” and that NARAL would continue “educating voters about how conservative and anti-choice he is.”
Statewide turnout in the 2010 Primary Election was 40.41%, the highest turnout in a midterm primary in 40 years.
Other News of Note
The Obama administration is appealing a federal district court ruling challenging the legality of the administration’s guidelines on embryonic stem cell research.