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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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1/28/13  11:48 am
Commenter: Hilary Eckberg

Please oppose TRAP laws

I urge the Board of Health to oppose TRAP laws.  Women's health centers may be forced to close thier doors if they cannot meet the new requirements of TRAP, and even if they are able to stay open, the cost of services will rise so much that ultimately they may not be able to serve the populations that need them so desperately.  Women's health centers help a wide range of people with everything from safe and legal abortions to cancer and STI screenings and family planning.

Furthermore, some of the rules in the TRAP laws leave patients who have visited these facilities exposed.  The regulations contain several loopholes that allow inspectors to remove patient records from the facility, rather than requiring them to review the records onsite, and to request list of patients.  The patients who visit women's health centers deserve as much privacy and respect as any other patient. 

There is no legitimate reason for singlin out abortion providers.  So please oppose these unnecessary restrictions.

Thank you. 

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