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Virginia Department of Health
Board
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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2/7/13  11:32 am
Commenter: Liz Musselman

Abortion Clinic Regulations
 

Having followed all the many twists and turns with the targeted regulations of abortion providers, both in Mississippi and in Virginia, I am disappointed that the regulations have gotten to this advanced point.

Roe versus Wade was passed by a conservative Supreme Court, and not been endangered by subsequent conservative Supreme Courts.  The reason for its passing was based in a care and concern for women's health.  As we all know, abortions will happen whether legal or illegal.  The ruling saved many lives.

The architectural regulations, which have no foundation in improving abortion safety (as abortion is one of the safest outpatient procedures) are intended to force clinics into closing due to lack of funds.  This regulation has no founding in women's safety.  And in fact, it puts women's health in danger by preventing access.

The narrow and judgmental world view of an ideologues' law should not be promulgated by a board that is supposed to act in the interest of public health and safety.  It is disappointing that the board did not embrace their regulatory authority, act in the best interest of women's safety, and acquiesced to the mission of the religious right in this endeavor.  I fear not only for the closure of many clinics, but for the precedent the board has started.  

If we come to a point where those who pass laws decide that colonoscopies are akin to a deviant act, will the board of health then assist with passing regulations to shut down GI specialists clinics?  I want a board of health that uses their expertice and empirical knowledge to make evidence based decisions.  

I hope it is not too late for the Board of Health to employ reason and amend the regulations so they grandfather existing women's health centers.  It is the right thing to do.