Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley has turned in her resignation effecitve immediately. Remley chose to resign over the new regulations instituted by the General Assembly aimed at driving the state’s few abortion clinics out of business.
Remley wrote in her resignation letter that “Unfortunately, how specific sections of the Virginia Code pertaining to the development and enforcement of these regulations have been and continue to be interpreted has created an environment in which my ability to fulfill my duties is compromised and I can no longer in good faith continue in my role.”
Governor Bob McDonnell did not mention the controversy when taking Remley’s resignation. He said “I greatly appreciate Dr. Remley’s tremendous public service over the past four years. As Commissioner she served two governors from two different parties, and all the citizens of Virginia, with constant professionalism, intellect and dedication. She was a tireless public servant, and we will miss her in the Administration. I wish Dr. Remley the very best moving forward, and know she will continue to play a leading role in healthcare in Virginia in the years ahead.”
Previously, abortion clinics were regulated like any other doctor’s office, but regulations were pushed through to increase the burden on abortion clinics for no other reason than to drive them out of business, according to most critics of the new regulations.