picture-546-1354628322.jpg

Virginia's Busiest Abortion Clinic Closes Its Doors Indefinitely After New Zoning Regulations

Last week, a BlueVirginia diary provided the details of a Fairfax City Council vote to slap restrictive regulations on women's health clinics. Two Fairfax Democrats joined Eric Cantor's chief of staff in voting for the restrictions.

Looks as though they got what they wanted: Today's Washington Post is reporting that the clinic, the busiest in the state, is closing.

NOVA Women’s Healthcare was in an office building on Eaton Place, just off Route 123 near Interstate 66, since 2006. Antiabortion protesters stood outside the building daily, the clinic was sued twice in the past three years by its landlord, and it likely faced a need to upgrade or move after Virginia changed its regulations to require abortion providers to have hospital-grade facilities.

The Fairfax City Council then became aware of the clinic’s attempt to relocate. On Tuesday, the council amended its zoning ordinance to require that all clinics, henceforward to be called medical care facilities, obtain a special-use permit and approval from the council. Previously, clinics were treated the same as doctor’s offices and were not required to go through the city council.

The following was posted on Democratic Underground earlier today:

A women's health care clinic in Fairfax City that performed more abortions than any other location in Virginia has closed, and it's unclear whether it will reopen elsewhere.

The closure, and the clinic's difficulty finding new space, highlight a growing issue in the abortion debate: changes in local and state regulations and standards for abortion clinics.

NOVA Women's Healthcare was in an office building on Eaton Place, just off Route 123 near Interstate 66, since 2006. Antiabortion protesters stood outside the building daily, the clinic was sued twice in the past three years by its landlord, and it likely faced a need to upgrade or move after Virginia changed its regulations to require abortion providers to have hospital-grade facilities.

After finding a possible alternative space in March, the clinic applied for a nonresidential use permit to retrofit that space in another office building. But the permit was denied in May because officials decided parking at the building was not adequate, zoning administrator Michelle Coleman said.

TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) are a 100x more dangerous to abortion rights and abortion services than the more draconian laws that grab headlines- like life beginning at conception, or 20 week bans. They're harder to fight in court and not as many cases are brought.

They shut clinic doors.

 

 

Go to VA State Page
Category: 
origin Blog: 
origin Author: 
Comments Count: 
0
Showing 0 comments