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Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2018
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10/24/18  8:41 pm
Commenter: Marie Byard

More Oversight, not less






After seeing the movie Gosnell I was sickened by the filth of his abortion facility and the lack of oversight by the authorities in PA. This is a wake up call for all of us. Virginia’s abortion facilities need more oversight, not less. Please carefully consider reinstating the health and safety measure the Board unlawfully warred down during its last amendment process.

Require annual inspections on abortion facilities instead of biennial.  Remove the ability of the Commissioner to grant p3ermanent 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 a hallways wide enough to carry patients out on stretchers in cases of emergency. Surely if the goal is to insure the health of the woman these things are reasonable.

Thank you for your consideration.









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