Non-doctors can perform first-trimester abortions in Virginia, federal judge rules

CSFDA6TRAUI6TC7AZJLVM4HJDQSource: The Washington Post

Requiring a doctor to perform most abortions in Virginia violates the Constitution, a federal judge in Richmond ruled Monday.

The decision from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson is a victory for abortion rights advocates locally and nationally, who have long argued that first-
trimester abortions are simple and safe enough to be performed without a physician.

Hudson agreed in his opinion with a group of clinics and abortion rights advocates that “a consensus appears to have evolved” on the issue, making Virginia’s current medical requirements “unduly burdensome” and therefore unconstitutional.

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Categories: Abortion, America, USA

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