Virginia Attorney General Oversteps His Role, and the Law, In Asserting “Veto” Power in TRAP Regulatory Process

imageWritten by Katherine Greenier for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

During the recent Board of Health vote on June 15 regarding new rules for women’s health centers that provide abortion care, a heated debate arose between Board members and representatives of the Attorney General’s Office over the authority of the Board to amend the new rules so that existing women’s health care centers would be “grandfathered in,” rather than subjected to onerous and unnecessary building requirements that are only meant for the construction of new facilities.

This week, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to State Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remley and members of the Board of Health explaining that, while the Attorney General has the responsibility to review proposed regulations to determine if the Board has the authority to adopt them, the law does not give his Office veto power over the Board’s policy decisions about what to include in the final rules.   

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