|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
TRAP Regulations, Virginia Board of Health
I am an ob/gyn physician. I respectfully urge the Board of Health to reconsider the TRAP regulation restricting abortion clinics. These regulations provide nothing for patient safety and are clearly meant as a political effort.
Whatever your feelings of abortion, the procedures at a majority of clinics are proven safe and a likely safer than many other procedures performed as outpatients for other reasons. The regulations will certainly restrict access to safe and legal 1st trimester abortion, but will also likely negative impact the provision of other vital servicse to women, such as reprodcutive counseling (that may help AVOID further abortions). In addition, the regulations are certain to be disproportionately burdensome to poor and disadvantaged women, furthering the existing inequality of our health care system.