|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
The regulations proposed for abortion clinics that require them to change to meet hospital standards or be shut down are unconstitutional as it limits access to safe abortion care. Under our right to privacy, the decision to have an abortion is only to be determined between a doctor and the patient, therefore if doctors wish to have a clinic for abortions, they are granted that right through the constitution, as decided by Roe v Wade. The state does not have the authority to shut down abortion clinics for no reason. The standards proposed are similar to that of hospitals, but the abortion procedure does not require a hospital to be safe. Abortion clinics have operated for decades across the country without significant issues that would have to be addressed by updating the building codes. These regulations have no medical justification, and other clinics that do not provide abortions are not being affected. Under the reasoning of this law, all outpatient clinics should be updated or closed down, but that is not being proposed. There is absolutely no reason to subject abortion clinics to these regulations other than to force women who need abortions to have to travel much further for an abortion, to have an unwanted baby, or to have an unsafe illegal abortion. All of this would be unfair to Virginia's women and goes against their personal freedom. If a woman cannot afford to travel for her abortion, then she is forced to take dangerous methods to end her pregnancy, which have killed many in the past, or to have an unwanted child, and childbirth is more dangerous than a legal abortion. These regulations are only putting women at risk, and the Board of Health should be protecting people's health, not risking it.