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  • Protesters hold signs as they wait for the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have gathered outside the meeting and the board was scheduled to take comments before voting on the regulations Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Va. board reverses course on abortion clinic regs

    The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted to adopt new regulations for the state's abortion clinics, reversing a June decision that would have exempted existing facilities from rules that opponents claim could force a majority of the state's 20 clinics to close.

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  • "We were completely intimidated by the attorney general a year ago," said James H. Edmondson Jr., one of the two "nay" votes, referring to the board's vote last September to adopt the temporary regulations. "Then, things seemed to change. People were taking a broader perspective. We are a regulatory body; we are not just a mouthpiece for the attorney general."

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  • "Maybe that worried some folks. I don't know," Mr. Edmondson said. "We're a completely apolitical body. And suddenly we're thrown into a completely political situation. And I don't think we coped very well. I know I didn't cope very well."

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