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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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2/6/13  10:13 am
Commenter: Kathryn J. Nowinsky

Permanent Abortion Facility Regulations Help Protect Women’s Health

Health inspectors documented multiple health and safety violations in the facilities and most of the facilities had to submit plans of correction in order to receive provisional licensure. Also, the Women's Health Clinic on Jefferson Ave in Newport News, just down the street from my home, had 33 violations when inspected.  Clearly, the abortion industry cannot be relied upon to self-regulate.  Also, during the last hearings on this subject (I was in attendance), not one abortion facility reported that they were going to have to close due to the regulations. 

Therefore, 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 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. 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.
Kathryn J. Nowinsky
1184 Willow Green Drive
Newport News, VA 23602
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