Trying to clarify that "the governor is not a king," the spokesman for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unwittingly highlights the autocratic nature of the governor's scheme to skirt state law on abortion clinic health and safety.
The law brings abortion clinics in line with reasonable health and safety requirements of similar facilities. But Governor McAuliffe is plotting to put abortion ideology over the rule of law, seeking end-runs around the people's representatives and meanwhile stacking the state health board with abortion partisans.
A year ago May 13, Philadelphia abortion clinic doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder. Gosnell had openly operated a squalid abortion clinic, let a patient die and butchered babies born alive.
The Grand Jury report cited testimony revealing that when pro-abortion governor Tom Ridge took office, "high-level government officials" decided to discontinue abortion clinic inspections. "There was a concern that if they did routine inspections, that they may find a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [health and safety standards] and then there would be less abortion facilities…."
When abortion politics trumps health and safety, "back alley abortion clinics" and their accompanying horrors thrive. Governor McAuliffe, Virginia is not a kingdom but a commonwealth; enforce our laws.