No matter how many common sense pro-life bills Ken Cuccinelli introduced in the Virginia State Senate, he found absolutely no compromise from his Democratic colleagues. Year after year, liberal legislators routinely rejected bills that would have ensured necessary regulations in the state’s abortion clinics. Now, they are left with what they call an ‘extreme’ law named TRAP, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. I spoke to former Attorney General and 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) about his experience in the Virginia State Senate, where he says Democrats have no right to cry foul over the current law, when they themselves never offered any middle ground.
Cuccinelli, who is now the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, introduced a pro-life law just about every year from 2002 to 2010. Before 2008, he was actually the only state senator to bring forward such legislation. His motive, he explains, was the safety of the vulnerable patients walking into these clinics:
“I really have deep concerns about the women involved and I’m not a big fan of regulation, but when you learn what’s really going on in so many of these clinics, I mean it’s vile. It’s not just that they’re taking a child’s life, it’s how they go about it and how they conduct their business, is so utterly destructive and disrespectful of women coming in there.”
Each time he presented one of these bills, however, it was swiftly rejected by his liberal colleagues. His 2004 bill, for instance, SB 146, asked that abortion clinics be regulated the same as hospitals. It is the same result as the bill that ultimately passed by the General Assembly in 2011, yet found little support in 2004.
In 2005, he drafted a bill that even anti-abortion advocates should have been embarrassed to vote against. It included basic hygienic practices at clinics such as having clean towels and ensuring they have backup power in the emergency that power goes out during an abortion procedure. That bill was called SB 839 and only a fraction of hospital regulations would’ve been applied to abortion clinics, according to Cuccinelli.
Here are a few of the legislation’s specifics:
– Adequate provisions shall be maintained for the processing, sterilizing, storing, and dispensing of clean and sterile supplies and equipment.
– Written procedures shall be established for the appropriate disposal of pathological and other potentially infectious waste and contaminated supplies.
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