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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Virginia Department of Health
Board
State Board of Health
chapter
Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/29/2013
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1/28/13  10:39 am
Commenter: Kati Hornung

Regulatory changes for women's health clinics
 

 

It is my sincere hope that the regulations will be amended to reflect medicine and science and should not impede women's access to essential health care.  Particularly when this access is protected by the Supreme Court and divisive political agendas will simply waste taxpayer time and money before being overturned by the judiciary branch.
 
The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. Overregulation will limit access to a wide range of preventive reproductive health care services provided by women's health clinics, including life-saving cancer screenings, family planning, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment.  At a minimum, please expand whatever decisions you are about to make for women's health clinics to ALL outpatient clinics.  If these are really concerns for safety they should be applicable across the board.  Particularly when you consider the number of adverse safety events for other out-patient procedures.
 
Let us get back to the business of good governance and leave the political ideology to those who seek the offices.  The Board of Health should not be involved in regulation that could be interpreted as illegal by the Supreme Court.  Please do not waste our attention, time, or resources any further.