|Action||Amend the Regulation after Assessment and Receipt of Public Comment|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2018|
As a physician, it is critical that we use facts, evidence-based information, and honesty to guide our decision making. TRAP laws do not make patients safer and are not based on truth. Medical procedures should be regulated in simlar ways based on available evidence without singling out specific procedures based solely on political or religous philosophy.
The risks of childbrith and pregnancy remain far greater compared to abortion. The vast majority of abortions are conducted in the first trimester, when they are extremely safe. Many other procedures offer comparable or even greater risks, but are not singled out for such regulatory burdens. TRAP laws are solely meant to limit access to women's health services and do not make them safer. They do serve as a clear example of legislative interference with the doctor/patient relationship. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has noted these laws are "inappropriately unique to the provision of abortion" and are not based on proper ethical or evidence-based reasoning.
I urge you to repeal the TRAP regulations. Allow evidence, facts and science to serve as the basis for future revisions to better serve the women of Virginia.