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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment
Stage NOIRA
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2018
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10/20/18  9:50 pm
Commenter: Timothy

Ensure Safe Medical Procedures and Practices
 

Virginia Board of Health and Governor Northam:

Together with my wife who was a practicing physician in the U.K. for 4 years, we request the following:

  1. Reinstate the health and safety measures that were weakened during the last amendment process.
  2. Require all OLC inspections to verify that ultrasounds have been performed at least 24 hours prior to every abortion performed.
  3. Require annual inspections of abortion facilities (not biennial).
  4. Remove the ability of the Commissioner to grant permanent variances.
  5. Reinstate the definition of "first trimester" as being the first twelve weeks from conception (not "13 weeks and 6 days after last menstrual period").
  6. Reinstate the ability of the department to deny, suspend, or revoke the license to operate an abortion facility for violating "any provision of Article 1 (§ 32.1-123 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1."
  7. Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities provide information on post-abortion counseling to patients.
  8. Reinstate the requirement for abortion facilities to ensure they have removed all fetal body parts from inside female patients upon the performance of an abortion.
  9. Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities report to OLC any incidents reported to the malpractice insurance carrier.
  10. Reinstate the reasonable design and construction standards that provided for things such as hallways wide enough to carry patients out on stretchers in cases of emergency.

Sincerely,

Tim & Ingrid

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