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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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2/6/13  12:51 pm
Commenter: William R. Watts

Pregnant women are not second class citizens
 

The premise that pregnant women and their unborn children are second class citizens is the basis for all objections to the common sense regulations that have been adopted for their care. The continuing objections to these regulations and the opposition to making them permanent shows a total lack of regard for the welfare of these women.

The objectors ignore the long list of health violations that state inspectors have found to date. These clinics operate as part of the Commonwealth's health care system, and they must adhere to a defined set of health and safety regulations and be open for regular inspection just like other providers. These regulations only require that life-saving equipment be on hand, infections are prevented, and that EMS personnel are able to get through the building appropriately to reach women in a life-threatening situation.

The Board must make these regulations permanent.