After Virginia lawmakers reclassified abortion clinics as hospitals last year, Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed new temporary rules and regulations into law that the head of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia called a "political sneak attack on women's health."
Clinic operators and abortion-rights groups say the new rules could cause many of the state’s abortion clinics to close, while lawmakers and anti-abortion advocates argue the changes will make them safer, reports the Washington Post.
The new rules -- which will be in place for one year until permanent ones are developed, according to The Virginian-Pilot -- create new requirements for inspections, medical procedures and recordkeeping that are in line with hospitals. Previously, abortion clinics in Virginia were treated as doctor’s offices under the law.