Virginia’s Health Commissioner Quits; Says Abortion Restrictions Make It Impossible For Her To Do Her Job
Dr. Karen Remley has quit, citing new restrictions on abortion clinics that make it impossible for her to function in her job.
In a letter to colleagues this afternoon, Remley writes that “how specific sections of the Virginia Code pertaining to the development and enforcement of these regulations have been and continue to be interpreted has created an environment in which my ability to fulfill my duties is compromised and in good faith I can no longer serve in my role.”
“I have submitted my resignation from the position from State Health Commissioner effective today.”
The Board of Health voted on Sept. 14 to adopt regulations that require existing abortion clinics in Virginia to be regulated like new hospitals. The regulations were approved over the angry objections of abortion-rights advocates, who said the new rules were a thinly veiled attempt to curtail access to abortion services by imposing construction costs on clinics that would force many to close.