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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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3/29/13  4:04 pm
Commenter: Laura Goodman

Protect the Women of Virginia’s Access to Reproductive Health Care
 
 

 

The proposed regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the state—and for thousands of women. These extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will end up reducing or eliminating patient access to health care. This is a time for increasing access to health care, not restricting it.

Up to now, 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. This is never a procedure that a woman does without a lot of thought, and her desires for herself and her family should be at the forefront of all health care. Politics should not trump life. The proposed regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the state—and for thousands of women. These extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will end up reducing or eliminating patient access to health care. This is a time for increasing access to health care, not restricting it.

Up to now, 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. This is never a procedure that a woman does without a lot of thought, and her desires for herself and her family should be at the forefront of all health care. Politics should not trump life.