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Virginia Department of Health
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State Board of Health
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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/29/2013
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1/30/13  1:08 am
Commenter: Hilary Silvert Newell

Young, minority, and low-income women need health care
 

 

Extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care.
The regulations will increase the financial hurdles to health care for patients, with no proven medical benefit to patients. Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less.
Medically inappropriate and unnecessarily burdensome regulations would restrict access to essential health care services for the women of Virginia and further marginalize young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing their health care options.
Young relatively healthy women who have adequate prenatal care are statistically more likely to have healthy babies. Reducing the ability of young, minority, and low-income women need health care is gauranteed to burden the commonwealth with bills for emergency care for women and babies whose cases might have been effectively and inexpensively managed if they received reproductive and prenatal health-care.
Cutting off services to these populations guarantees higher health care costs and increased suffering for the families of compromised mothers and children.
Choose to protect and preserve children's lives by providing their mothers with adequate, accessible care,