|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
Abortion Facility Regulations
Abortion centers must be held to the same health standards as any hospital or outpatient suegical center. To lessen the standards would put women in Virginia at risk of low standards. It is unconscionable to consider any relaxing of standards for a surgical center of any type. Standards have to be high to protect the patients from possible post surgery infections, or even loss of life.
Following are changes I recommend the Board consider:
1. Reinstate all of the health and safety standards the Board watered down during its last amendment process.
2. Require all Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) inspections to verify that ultrasounds have been performed at least 24 hours prior to every abortion performed.
3. Require annual inspections on abortion facilities instead of 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 (subsection 32.1-123 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1."
7. Reinstate the requirement that the abortion facility ensures that it has removed all of the fetal body parts from inside the female patient upon the performance of an abortion.
8. Reinstate the requirement that abortion facilities report to OLC any incidents reported to the malpractice insurance center.
9. 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.
Thank you for your consideration. Please ensure the health and safety of all women.