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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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2/26/13  1:48 pm
Commenter: Laura Stephens

12 VAC 5 ? 412

The Board of Health already has regulations that cover abortions preformed during the first trimester of pregnancy.  These procedures are ALREADY some of the safest outpatient procedures currently being preformed.  There is no reason to fix something that is not broken.

The proposed TARP regulations are excessive even for new construction.  But when the AG said the Board had no right to grandfather existing facilities (which have an outstanding safety record) he ignored the fact that in each and every instance in which the Board of Health has regulated health care facilities since Virginia Code § 32.1-127.001 was enacted, it has applied the Guidelines only to “all construction of new buildings and additions, alterations or repairs to existing buildings,” not to existing facilities that are not undergoing significant construction, see Virginia Department of Health, Office of Licensure and Certification, Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (July 1, 2006),

The AG has made it very clear that he has a personal and political agenda to close down all access to abortion in the state.  The only reason to make existing, safe facilities meet new construction standards is to shut them down. 

The Board of Health's role is to regulate healthcare NOT to put clinics out of business with unnecessary and prohibitively costly new regulations to support a political agenda.

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