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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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3/6/13  9:59 am
Commenter: Kat Lee

TRAP regulations are big government

There are some very good reasons to oppose the TRAP laws on women's health centers:

- TRAP laws will hurt people in search of non-abortion-related healthcare, restricting access to a wide range of preventive reproductive healthcare services, including life-saving cancer screenings, family planning and STI testing and treatment.

- There are no legitimate medical purposes for singling out abortion providers. Extensive construction requirements have no relation to the safety of the services that women’s health centers provide. Regulating abortion differently than other outpatient procedures that are safely provided in non-hospital medical facilities is playing politics with women’s health.


- These regulations are contrary to Gov. McDonnell’s Regulatory Reform Initiative. Gov. McDonnell charged agencies with repealing unnecessary regulations that burden individuals, businesses and other groups, and identifying statutes that require “unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations.”  Yet, he signed off on these new rules governing women’s health centers that perform abortion, which are a prime example of the overregulation he is trying to reduce.  

- These regulations threaten Virginia jobs and the economy. Women’s health centers are part of the small business community, which plays a vital role in the Commonwealth’s economy. The Virginia Department of Health estimates that complying with these regulations could force women's health centers to spend over $2.5 million. In an unprecedented governmental attack on a legitimate business providing a legal service, centers that cannot afford the unnecessary expensive renovations will be forced to close, eliminating jobs across the Commonwealth.

Finally, the best reason:  I, and many other Virginia women, will continue to get abortions whether you like it or not.  If you make it illegal, we will disobey the law.

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