|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
I strongly support the current regulations on abortion centers approved overwhelmingly by the Board of Health. These regulations should be made permanent and continue to include the strongest standards.
I am adamantly opposed to abortion and refuse to accept the premise that abortion is health care because it ends lives rather than healing them. However, the existence of the abortion industry under the guise of “health care” is a sad and tragic reality in our Commonwealth and our country and we must regulate the abortion industry as best as we can as long as the industry exists. The current regulations are reasonable, common-sense measures to ensure that life-saving equipment is on hand, infections are prevented, and clear written policies and building guidelines are in place. Please maintain strong permanent abortion facility regulations to protect the health and safety of women.
I understand that health inspectors have documented multiple health and safety violations in existing abortion facilities in Virtginia and that the majority of these facilities had to submit plans of correction in order to receive provisional licensure.
As I understand, the emergency regulations have been effective. State inspectors visiting facilities have documented problems such as hand washing violations, blood-spattered examination tables and medical instruments, and other unsterilized equipment. I understand taht 13 out of the 20 abortion facilities in Virginia had to establish plans of correction to correct deficiencies in order to maintain licensure. Further, the regulations ensure that buildings meet architectural standards so that emergency medical personnel can reach patients in a timely fashion during life-threatening situations.
Clearly, the abortion industry cannot be relied upon to self-regulate and promote standards of cleanliness and safety in their facilities. If they are to exist, they must be held to higher standards.
Jeffrey A. Sanborn, Crozet, Virginia