Pro-life Virginians watching a federal court trial conclude are waiting to see if abortion clinics in the state will escape health and safety regulations.
Judge Henry Hudson was expected to hear closing arguments today, June 6, in Richmond after abortion groups sued last year to block four health and safety regulations, including surprise inspections.
Olivia Turner of the Virginia Society for Human Life tells OneNewsNow that state health inspectors testified at the trial about the filthy conditions they have seen in abortion clinics around the state.
“The waiting areas were very dirty. There were holes in the walls,” she says of the court testimony.
A similar report by an NPR affiliate quoted that testimony from a state health inspector and also reported on the testimony of a second health inspector who told the court they were writing citations “almost every day” when the regulations were implemented in 2011.
The trial judge also heard testimony from Dr. Mary Cathern Slusher, an OBGYN at the Virginia Board of Health, who said she had cared for a woman in an emergency room whose abortion was infected and was incomplete.
“It underscores the importance of what we were trying to do with the abortion regulations,” Slusher testified, NPR reported.