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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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1/29/13  9:52 am
Commenter: Lee Brown

TRAP opposition


Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers should be rejected.

There is no one who will be helped by this legislation.

On the other hand, real families will be hurt when this law forces them to go to less safe facilities when they determine that an abortion is the necessary action for their personal situation, or when they have to pay an artificially high price for care to cover implementation of these egregious regulations.

Even naming the law “targeted” exposes its political basis.  If it had been proposed to address safety concerns, it would have applied equally to all out-patient surgical clinics, such as plastic surgery, opthalmic surgery, orthodontic surgery, and so on.

One wonders if Virginians will be able to sue the Board of Health for failing to apply the same standards to other types of clinics.  Can injured patients sue cosmetic surgery clinics that don’t conform to the standards that have been codified as necessary by the General Assembly and Board off Health?

Probably not, because the standards have little to do with improving safety and more to do with maximizing the cost of implementation.  Abortion facilities and procedures are already safer than many other types of care, and these regulations are unlikely to improve upon that record.

There is no “emergency”.

We all know this is embarassing political posturing, not governing.

Finally, don’t we all find it ironic that the same people who proposed this offensive legislation are now apoplectic that the feds are considering gun control legislation that, the GOP says, is merely enforcing a political agenda?

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