|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
Abortion is a legal procedure in the United States, and experts would agree it can be safely done on an outpatient basis. The fact that some people have moral objections to the procedure should be of no concern to health department regulators. Clearly, the attempt to impose architectural standards written for hospitals on existing abortion clinics is intended to limit access by those with moral objections to terminating pregnancies. These standards are not essential to the performance of safe abotions and should not be applied to Virginia's abortion clinics.