AUL - Yoest on Cuccinelli Abortion Clinic Opinion



“Virtually every state has health and safety regulations to protect the family pet, but only 27 states have basic regulations to protect women’s health in abortion clinics,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. “Our legal experts are available to provide assistance to the state Board of Health as it looks into effective, common sense protections for Virginia women.”


Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued an important legal opinion clearing the way for the state Board of Health, in the interest of women’s health and safety, to more closely and effectively regulate abortion clinics.

Appropriate state regulation of abortion clinics is a patient safety issue and a consumer protection issue. Women and the public need to know that abortion clinics are meeting accepted medical standards and that procedures performed on women in these clinics are safe.

Abortion carries substantial risks to women including hemorrhage, infection, cardiac and respiratory arrest, and even death. When you couple potential risks and complications from abortion with the fact that abortion is one of the more common surgical procedures performed on women in the U.S., there is an increased urgency for regulating abortion clinics.

For more than a decade, Americans United for Life has taken the lead in ensuring that abortion clinics are meeting appropriate medical standards and protecting women’s health and safety.

In 2002, AUL published the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” mandating that all abortion facilities meet accepted health and safety standards. This year, AUL introduced the “Abortion Patients’ Enhanced Safety Act,” requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

Twenty-seven states regulate (to varying degrees) facilities performing abortions including Virginia which currently regulates only those facilities performing abortions after the first trimester.

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Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.

AUL's legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.