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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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10/24/18  11:10 pm
Commenter: Judi G. Reid, Women of Value

A Baby Is Growing-With Joy

To the Board: A baby is growing in a family member's womb at this very moment. There is great joy at just the announcement. Even greater joy as we see the sonograms and hear the baby's heart beat. It's a boy. This woman's life is precious. Her baby's life is precious. Every woman and baby's life is to be held as a miracle, and treasured as valuable. I urge you to protect them. Tell them the truth about a LIFE and what an abortion really means. For the women who choose an abortion anyway, protect them with the highest standards of medical health. This also applies to those whose pimps/abusers force their prostitutes (and often victims of sex trafficking) to have an abortion. Respect, dignity and undamaged bodies need to be the umbrella for their health.

We need legislation that will protect vulnerable women and hold the abortion industry accountable.
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. 

Here are a few changes we recommend the Board make:

  1. Reinstate all of the health and safety measures the Board unlawfully watered down during its last amendment process. 
  2. Require all OLC inspections to verify that ultrasounds have been performed at least 24 hours prior to every abortion performed. 
  3. Require annual inspections on abortion facilities instead of biennial. 
  4. Remove the ability of the Commissioner to grant permanent variances.
  5. Reinstate the definition of "first trimester" as being the first twelve weeks from conception, not "13 weeks and 6 days after last menstrual period." 
  6. 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."
  7. Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities provide information on post-abortion counseling to its patients.
  8. 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. 
  9. Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities report to OLC any incidents reported to the malpractice insurance carrier.
  10. 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.

Look at an aborted baby with your own eyes. Look at the sonograms of a baby growing on the path to full term I believe your eyes will be opened and guide you to make the humanly decent and moral decision.  Thank you.


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