|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
Thank you for reviewing the TRAP regulations for medical facilities that provide abortions. These regulations should be the same as those for medical facilities that provide colonoscopy (which actually has a much higher complication rate) and other similar out patient procedures, not unnecessarily more restrictive. These regulations should evolve from evidence-based medicine and research, not ideology that is just trying to deny the option of abortion. Many of the women's medical facilities regulated by the TRAP rules also provide women (especially those of lower income means) with the care, education, and birth control to avoid unplanned pregnancies (therefore avoiding abortions) as well as cancer screenings and education, services that have been very important for members of my family, some friends, and co-workers. The key to decreasing abortions (as well as cancer deaths) is having these services readily available, while providing unhampered, safe abortion services to those that chose this legal option. The current TRAP regulations contain restrictions that, as designed, decrease women's access to all of these services by causing facilities to unnecessarily shut down. This will only lead to desparate women finding "back alley" abortion options, and thereby endangering their health and lives. More attention needs to be paid to prevention & education, as well as the needs of mother and infant after birth, rather than trying to make abortions unaccessible. That's how we will save more babies, and their mothers, and make sure that all women, including those less fortunate, have adequate preventative health care and treatment options. As a health regulatory board, do what is truly and objectively best for the health of Virginia women, do not be a tool for political & religious ideology.