|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
I urge you to repeal the Virginia TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law or, at the very least, include the amendment which would grandfather in existing clinics. As it is, the regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the state. These extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care. They are not for the good of the patients. (The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record.) Rather, they are a sneaky way to set up financial hurdles for clinics and restrict access to essential health care services for the women of Virginia. Moreover, the regulations would further marginalize young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing their health care options.
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.