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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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10/11/18  5:42 pm
Commenter: edward, rural resident, public health advocate, human rights advocate

Roe v. Wade assures womens' decisional rights in their own reproductive health -Not a right to abort

I am a life-long resident of Virginia.  I have lived over 6 decades in rural Virginia.  I am well educated in issues of health and  public health ethics; health, public health, mental health, and sexual health policy; and concerns of vulnerable populations with threatened autonomy, threatened access, and threatened dignity in health care services.  I am primarly an independent voter - and of course ALL Virginians register 'independently' and not 'by political party'.  I listen to all sides on difficult issues and assess validity of evidence, logical strength of arguments, and meaningfulness of the each speaker's engagement with the difficult issues, including their sincere effort to listen to all sides.  Regarding 'abortion rights', 'women rights', 'rights of unborn infant', etc there is  - as you know - more shouting then listening, more bias and prejudice than consideration of evidence, logic, and respect for the dignity of all persons joining the discussion.  So, first: I support the Constitutional protections for women's decisional autonomy regarding each woman's own reproductive health. Just as I support the Constitutional protections for gun owners, Constitutional protections for gay and lesbian married couples and their families under the marriage, etc.  'Anti-abortion' screamers often condemn gay and lesbian people, and others that they don't like, almost in the same breath, when discussing abortion.   'Abortion rights' screamers, in my experience, often  condemn faith communities, gun owners, and others, when discussing what they call their 'abortion rights'.  I have found that SCREAMERS on BOTH THESE SIDES are often ignorant of important facts,  that they intentionally obscure data and other facts, that they are disrespectful of other cultural and moral beliefs that are not their own (but that are nonetheless authentic, important, and valuable) and  that they are destructive of helpful engagement in policy discussions, to ensure public policy that reflect the highest ethical values, and conveys the best outcomes for our complex Commonwealth.   Please, oh please, think, listen, and speak with respect for all of our human dignity:  the dignity of the unborn (who are human beings, no cabbages, or lumps of coal) and the dignity of born children, the dignity of women (who are more than half the human population, and essentlal to the continuing of human life, human families, and human society), the dignity of health care providers (who sacrifice much in service to our human health, family health, and social health), the dignity of voters in the Commonwealth who, are, after all the reason that we have law, policy, and society, and so, you who make law and policy, are not their bosses, but rather we are your bosses.  Respectfully, edward, rural resident, public health advocate, human rights advocate

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