WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Reports Detail Health Violations At Virginia Abortion Clinics

Play associated audio

A conservative organization has released state inspection reports detailing multiple health and safety violations at three Virginia abortion clinics, but clinic officials say the reports don't tell the whole story, according to the Associated Press.

The Family Foundation of Virginia obtained the reports through the state's open-records law and distributed them to media outlets in advance of the Virginia Board of Health's Friday vote on new abortion clinic regulations.

One clinic was written up for having spilled blood and conception material in the bottom of a freezer. Another didn't change the cleaning solution in a sink every time dirty instruments were brought in. 

Family Foundation president Victoria Cobb told the AP most Virginians would consider the conditions unsafe, and in some cases "utterly disgusting." Clinic officials told the news service the foundation is exaggerating, and noted that the clinics were licensed to operate after the inspections. 

NPR

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
NPR

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
NPR

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.
NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.