|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
Lift restrictions on abortion access
Please consider removing all restrictions on access to abortion in Virginia. We do not want to go back to the days of many deaths from back alley abortions. Rather we need helpful health regulations according to evidence-based science and the will of the people where the majority favor a woman's right to choose.
During the review of medically unnecessary, sham restrictions on doctors’ offices and clinics that provide abortion services (also known as TRAP regulations), the Virginia Board of Health must rely on proven, evidence-based medicine, not ideology. There is not, and never has been, a medically justifiable reason for regulating abortion providers like hospitals. Instead, these restrictions were designed to shutter doctors’ offices and clinics that provide abortion services and prevent women from receiving access to healthcare, including cancer screenings, birth control and safe abortion. These restrictions are unconstitutional and put an undue burden on women seeking abortion services. The Board of Health must heed the expertise of doctors, medical professionals and legal experts in voting to protect providers of abortion services from onerous, medically unnecessary and unconstitutional regulation.
Thank you for your attention to my concerns.
The Rev. Dr. Betty Powell