WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2012, (

The State Board of Health on Friday voted to eliminate a rule that would have required abortion clinics to meet the same building regulations as a hospital. New clinics must meet the code, but existing facilities can maintain lower standards. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia said, “We’re ecstatic.” The regulations will be reviewed by the governor and Attorney General Ken Cucinelli, then put up for a final vote in August.

Utah’s only female state senator is considering introducing a bill to ban sex-selective abortion. State Senator Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said she opened a bill file in order “to review what other states are doing and see if that would enhance Utah’s laws.” She has not yet drafted a bill. Four other states have prohibited the practice, but a federal bill failed to clear a legislative hurdle.

On Monday, Louisiana’s pro-life governor Bobby Jindal signed the “fetal pain bill.” The law, which will take effect in August, restricts abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother.

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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe introduced the “Whole Women’s Health Funding Priorities Act,” which would prioritize state family planning funds to hospitals, health centers, and other health care providers. The move would effectively strip all funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider.

The Indiana state Republican Party has stripped a plank from its platform defending marriage. The pro-marriage language had been in effect since 2006. The state Democratic Party, however, added a position against a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.