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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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10/25/18  11:44 am
Commenter: Therese Ryan

Recomendations for the Board to consider...

These seem reasonable measures for the health of all involved.


Therese Ryan

  • 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.
CommentID: 68327