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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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10/30/18  10:42 pm
Commenter: Nancy Piotter

Restore lawful oversight of abortion facilities


I support reinstating the regulations of abortion facilities that were stricken by the State Board of Health in 2017. The Board's 2017 changes weakened statutory guardrails intended to protect the health and safety of pregnant women in Virginia. 

In particular, I support these controls:

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



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