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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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3/19/13  11:01 am
Commenter: Amy Lemley

Existing regulations are sufficient, as safety records prove. Please don't add further restrictions

Unnecessary regulation harms everyone. Please don't add these medically unnecessary regulations to clinics providing abortion services. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, as statistics attest, and there is no reason to add these regs. In fact, doing so could lead to the closing of many clinics that couldn't afford unneeded but legally required upgrades. The result would be to restrict access to safe, legal abortions and send women in search of illegal options that could well endanger their lives. It's true this could also have the effect of causing women to keep their unwanted pregnancies, but forcing them to do so is against our current law--and to my mind, against common sense, which holds that every pregnancy should be a  wanted pregnancy, and every child should be a wanted child.

I would like to echo the words of others who have written to oppose these regulations:


The regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the state.

Extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care.

The regulations will increase the financial hurdles to health care for patients, with no proven medical benefit to patients. Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less.

If regulations placed on women's health centers are based upon evidence-based medical practices that advance the public health, then women in the Commonwealth will be able to maintain access to vital health care from trusted medical providers.

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.

The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record. 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.

It is my hope that the regulations will be amended to be based purely on medicine and science and should not impede women's access to essential health care.

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