By Jay Sekulow
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The Virginia state Board of Health on Thursday passed new regulations for abortion facilities that critics say are among the most stringent such measures in the country and could result in the shuttering of the majority of the state's abortion providers.
Pro-choice advocates say that they hope draft regulations from the Virginia Department of Health that impose hospitallike standards on the state's abortion clinics will not end up restricting access for women seeking abortions in the state.
Faith-based adoption agencies will not be required to allow gay individuals to use their services. Virginia's State Board of Social Services on Wednesday rejected proposed changes to the rules governing adoption and foster case agencies.
Family Foundation spokesman Chris Freund, however, said that building inspections of 20 abortion clinics after the new regulations took effect found more than 100 violations.
"They can stay open. They just can't perform abortions," he said, citing Planned Parenthood's claim that only 3 percent of their patient care deals with abortion services.