|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
The regulations threaten the continuedavailability of already safe 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 solely on sound rational medical and scientific grounds, and not political and ideological false beliefs, and should not impede women's access to essential health care. Virginia sets a dangerous precedent in the state government's intrusive occupation of the wombs of all Virginia women. The irony of the Republican Party's mindset is that it contradicts its own mantra of freedom, self reliance, and responsibility, and above all "small and limited government". But that is just propaganda I gather.