Byron: Abortion legislation had bipartisan support

Del. Kathy Byron, whose legislative maneuver in 2011 led to the abortion-clinic regulations that were adopted Friday in Richmond, said its goal was “safety and health” and that it had bipartisan support.

Byron, R-Bedford County, told members of the Virginia Board of Health that her amendment to a Senate-passed bill had a clear purpose.

“There was nothing vague or undetermined about the legislative intent of the measure, or about what would be the implications of its passage,” Byron said before the board approved the regulations on a 13-2 vote.

Abortion clinics must meet almost the same clinical standards as hospitals under the new requirements.

Members of the Senate and House of Delegates who voted for the measure “did so to ensure the safety, health and well-being of those women who seek medical services from these facilities,” Byron said.