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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2018
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10/22/18  12:48 pm
Commenter: Laura Mead

yes to regulations for the health of women

These regulations are needed to ensure the safety of women.  It is mind boggling that there are more regulations for tatoo parlors than there are for these facilities which perfom dangerous procedures!

Years of inspection reports have produced evidence of hundreds of egregious safety violations inside these abortion centers. And most of those were reported under the McAuliffe administration’s own oversight. One abortion center was even closed down after Governor McAuliffe’s own Commissioner of Health suspended its license after a 70-page report of violations.

Virginia’s abortion facilities need more oversight, not less. These regualtions are not ideological in nature.  Why are people afraid to protect the health of women?

I would like to recommend the following changes for the Board to make:

  • Reinstate all of the health and safety measures the Board unlawfully watered down during its last amendment process.
  • Require all OLC inspections to verify that ultrasounds have been performed at least 24 hours prior to every abortion performed.
  • Require annual inspections on abortion facilities instead of biennial.
  • Remove the ability of the Commissioner to grant permanent variances.
  • Reinstate the definition of "first trimester" as being the first twelve weeks from conception, not "13 weeks and 6 days after last menstrual period."
  • Reinstate the ability of the department to deny, suspend, or revoke the license to operate an abortion facility for violating "any provision of Article 1 (§ 32.1-123 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1."
  • Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities provide information on post-abortion counseling to its patients.
  • Reinstate the requirement that the abortion facility ensure that it has removed all of the fetal body parts from inside of the female patient upon the performance of an abortion.
  • Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities report to OLC any incidents reported to the malpractice insurance carrier.
  • Reinstate the reasonable design and construction standards that provided for things such as hallways wide enough to carry patients out on stretchers in cases of emergency.

Thank you for your consideration and true care for the health of women.

Laura Mead

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