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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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3/22/13  7:18 pm
Commenter: Woman in my 20s

I deserve to be safe and respected.

I am woman in my 20s in support of abortion regulations. A year ago, I spoke to a doctor at one of his clinics about my concerns about abortion, given that my friend had significant psychological complications after her procedure.

His answer was that he was ‘not responsible’.

This man runs four of Virginia’s abortion centers—the Richmond Medical Center for Women, the Charlottesville Medical Center for Women, the Peninsula Medical Center for Women, and the Roanoke Medical Center for Women. I do not expect most doctors to be callous or irresponsible, and perhaps this doctor had never been adequately trained to talk about abortion after-effects and reacted badly when caught off guard, but regardless, his response was telling. I would not recommend his practices to anyone, and I am a firm believer that adequate healthcare standards cannot be met consistently unless minimal requirements are put in place, even if everyone had the best intentions.

I understand that some of the regulations outlined are less vital than others. Whether new abortion regulations need to include wider doorways is minutiae; what we need to be safe and respected with standards that include our right to an informed decision, clean operating room, Rhogan administration to Rh- women to prevent future miscarriage, adequate post-surgical care, etc.  If you cannot give me that, you should not be providing me medical care, and goodness knows you should not exploit low income women by marketing yourself as their best or only healthcare option.

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