January 22  2003

January 22, 2003

Kim Gandy, President of the
National Organization for Women (NOW)

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW Read the entire Buzzflash interview

Bill Seeks Stiffer Rules For Abortion Clinics in Va.
Resuscitating Tools, Nurses Requested

By Steven Ginsberg
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 22, 2003; Page B01

RICHMOND, Jan. 21 -- A House of Delegates committee approved a bill today that would tighten restrictions on abortion clinics, a proposal that supporters say would raise health standards and opponents say could make it nearly impossible to have an abortion in Virginia.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), would require clinics that perform abortions to meet new regulations. Under its provisions, they would have to have resuscitating equipment and registered nurses on hand. The regulations also would require that a governing body be responsible for management of the clinics and for them to disclose their ownership.

Read entire article from the Washington Post

U.S. Abortions at Lowest Rate Since 1974 - Survey (Reuters)
The U.S. abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1974, the year after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, a new survey showed on Wednesday, but abortion opponents said so-called "partial birth" procedures have tripled since 1996.
- Jan 15 5:44 PM ET