|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
Abortion clinic health fuidelines
As owner and physician of a private medical practice, I am obligated to it here to medical guidelines and safety regulations. In addition, our practice is visited by state health care officials regularpy to ensure that we are following these guidelines, and if we have any infractions, we are fined. Many of the guidelines that we must follow or not even pertinent to the normal operations our practice; we are still obligated to follow them. It is apalling to me that medical clinic which performs surgical procedures such as an abortion, in which a woman’s health is at the forefront, are not held to the same standards that my practice is. The state Board of Health must apply equal consideration for all citizens’ health to every medical practice. As such:
- Reinstate all of the health and safety measures the Board unlawfully watered down during its last amendment process.
- Require all OLC inspections to verify that ultrasounds have been performed at least 24 hours prior to every abortion performed.
- Require annual inspections on abortion facilities instead of biennial.
- Remove the ability of the Commissioner to grant permanent variances.
- Reinstate the definition of "first trimester" as being the first twelve weeks from conception, not "13 weeks and 6 days after last menstrual period."
- 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."
- Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities provide information on post-abortion counseling to its patients.
- Reinstate the requirement that the abortion facility ensure that it has removed all of the fetal body parts from inside of the female patient upon the performance of an abortion.
- Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities report to OLC any incidents reported to the malpractice insurance carrier.
- 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.