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Published on Oct 19, 2012
"Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley resigned her position Thursday over controversial abortion clinic regulations that have been a political lightning rod since the General Assembly passed legislation in 2011 directing the Board of Health to craft them. In a one-page letter, Dr. Remley thanked Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, for the opportunity to serve in the administration. But she wrote that the controversy surrounding new hospital-like building regulations for most of the state's existing abortion clinics has tied her hands.
"Unfortunately, how specific sections of the Virginia Code pertaining to the development and enforcement of those regulations have been and continue to be interpreted has created an environment in which my abilities to fulfill my duties is compromised and in good faith I can no longer serve in my role," wrote Dr. Remley. "I have submitted my resignation from the position from State Health Commissioner effective today."*Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (TYT University) break down the ridiculously specific rules abortion clinics must abide by.