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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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3/9/13  2:36 pm
Commenter: The Rev. Susan Norris

Comment opposed to the TRAP regulations on all providers of abortion.
 

I am a priest and have spent much time teaching the 16yr-Adult confirmation classes.  Along with theology, sexual education is obviously a main topic.  Our usual chuch teaching is that contraception and birth control are requirements for responssible married or dating / engaged couples. Here on the shore many of our children -
teens are poor, and getting them to a doctor is difficult, and can frequently come out of the clergy person's pocket.

I know that 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 teens by decreasing - functionally eliminating -  their health care options.  These people need much more help and protection, not less. They need it close to home in familiar clinical settings. Planned Parenthood is THE place for contraception, for STD  medication and for reproductive system exams.  Romove them and half the shore's women will have no where to go.  TRAP will guarantee more pregnancies, more un-monitered pregnancies, earlier pregnancies, unwanted children and no place for cancer screenings, or checkups & medical care for other "female" problems.  It would be a devastating blow to women here and throughout Virginia.

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.   Not all churches object to contraception - even to abortion in limited situations.  Our religious teachings are also guaranteed by the Constitution - and should be respected as are those
of the anti-contraception and abortion teachings.