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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 09/16/2012

Tim Kaine criticizes abortion regulations; George Allen stays mum

There’s no telling what impact, if any, Virginia’s newly inflamed abortion politics will have on the U.S. Senate and presidential race.

Protesters hold signs as they wait for the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, on Friday. (Steve Helber - AP)
But it’s safe to say that in the Senate contest at least, Democrat Timothy M. Kaine thinks the issue could work in his favor, while Republican George Allen is not playing it up.

After the Virginia Board of Health did an about-face on abortion regulations Friday, voting to impose hospital-style building standards on existing clinics, Kaine’s campaign promptly issued a response.

“These unnecessary regulations are a very clear attempt to infringe upon women’s constitutionally protected right to make their own health care decisions,” the former governor said.

“The continued focus on limiting women’s access to health care is unacceptable,” Kaine said. “Our country is already too divided and our economic recovery is still not as strong as it needs to be. Our leaders should focus on growing the economy, fixing the budget and finding common ground instead of making decisions that women should be able to make for themselves. These divisive issues are wrong for Virginia, they’re wrong for women, and they’re bad for business.”

Allen’s campaign did not volunteer a statement. When asked, it declined to comment on the matter.

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