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Sarah Wedddington spoke at the Boars Head Inn Thursday night.
Weddington was instrumental in the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the landmark legislation that allows a woman to choose whether or not to continue her pregnancy.
Weddington says while abortion is legal now, forty years later she is till surprised by the efforts of those who would like to see it done away with and are working to make the procedure unavailable to women.
Wdddington cited state guidelines requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building code as hospitals, including widening hallways and doorways, space for janitorial closets, and drinking fountains.
Weddington says the changes are unnecessary to protect patient safety, and will cost clinics thousands to comply with the new regulations.
Currently none of the 20 clinics in Virginia meet the new standards.
Those clinics must be brought into compliance with the new regulations within two years to apply for a new license.
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