|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
VA TRAP regulations for Women's Health Centers
I am writing to express my concerns over the TRAP regulations recently re-voted on by the Board of health. I am both dismayed and concerned that after settling the guidelines for existing women's health clinics, it was resended in some non-transparent revote last fall. The entire process smaks of back door deals and intimidation. And the women of Virginia are the ones who lose in the end, how convenient for all of you.
These extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit to what is already a well regulated industry will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care. 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.
I urge you to find the courage of your convictions you once showed last summer by ensuring that the existing women's health clinics of Virginia can continue to provide life saving medical care for all women, not just those you deem worthy.
With respect and expectations,