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Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
Action Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/29/2013
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2/17/13  10:55 am
Commenter: Melissa Brown

Women's Health Centers ARE Safe Already

The proposed equirements for clinic buildings have no proven medical benefit.  They appear to be proposed only for political purposes and not for safety, as some claim.   Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. Overregulation will limit access to a wide range of preventive reproductive health care services provided by women's health clinics, including life-saving cancer screenings, family planning, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. They will only reduce or eliminate patient access to health care.  Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care (If they so choose), not less.

The regulations will increase the financial hurdles to health care for patients, with no proven medical benefit to patients. Medically inappropriate and unnecessarily burdensome regulations would restrict access to essential health care services for the women of Virginia and further marginalize young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing their health care options.

Please leave the decisions about medical safety to the medical experts, not politicians. 
CommentID: 25977