A bill to require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient surgery centers passed a House committee Tuesday but faces an almost certain defeat in the Senate if it gets that far.
Republican Delegate Matthew Lohr of Harrisonburg says his bill would protect women by requiring abortion clinics that perform at least 25 first-trimester abortions a year to be regulated and inspected.
Abortion rights supporters call it an attempt to limit the number of abortion clinics in Virginia.
The House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions approved the bill 15-4. If it passes the full House, it likely will be killed in the Senate as has happened for the past several years.