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Topic - James H. Edmondson Jr.
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.
"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."
"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."