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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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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  5:54 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth Franklin

No Bodily "Eminent Domain" - Please
 

Please uphold equal protection and equal treatment under the law for women so that they may make medical choices and select treatment without hindrance as freely as men do. Please do not substitute "nanny state eminent domain"  for women's sovereignty over their own bodies by upholding regulations that curtail women's reproductive freedom and access to the full range of medical care. 

We should also not blatantly discriminate against one kind of outpatient clinic. All outpatient clinics performing invasive and surgical procedures should be subject to the same regulations as clinics that perform abortions and other reproductive surgery. Please don't allow those clinics providing women's medical care to be treated any differently. Do not capriciously impose requirements on women's health care and abortion clinics that are not consistent with regulations for other clinics.

If these regulations pass, then let's at least show we're not discriminating against women by placing the same expensive and restrictive conditions on clinics that perform dental surgery, laser eye surgery, colonoscopies, cosmetic surgery and others.  Please do not allow medical care to make women wards of the state against their will for the duration of pregnancy by introducing regulations that prevent their access to reproductive freedom and the medical care of their choice.

Excessive, heavy-handed regulation that constrains individuals and businesses is counter to America's best attribute -- liberty.

Therefore, I urge you to not approve the restrictive licensing regulations that only women?'s health clinics -- and no other clinics in Virginia -- will be subjected to. These burdensome regulations single out women's clinics and threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and comprehensive reproductive health care throughout the state.

Top Virginia government officials have made it a major cause and operating principle that government should get out of the way and not smother us all with overzealous regulations. So now let us do exactly that and block onerous new regulations for women's health centers that hurt Virginia women's access to the medical care of their choice. Thank you!