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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Virginia Department of Health
Board
State Board of Health
chapter
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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3/5/13  1:47 am
Commenter: Ben Zuhjl

Old enough to remember
 
I'm old enough to remember when when preventive care for women was nearly nonexistant.  It was a time when 'woman's problems' covered a wide range of afflictions that were often treated as psychosomatic.  It was also a time when the stigma of being an unwed mother often drove poor women to back alley butchers or coat hangers.  This regulation is aiming to bring us back to the bad old days.
 
The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. Overregulation will limit access to a wide range of preventive reproductive health care services provided by women's health clinics, including life-saving cancer screenings, family planning, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. 
 
It is my hope that the regulations will be amended to be based purely on medicine and science and should not impede women's access to essential health care.