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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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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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2/6/13  9:34 am
Commenter: Matthew Parowski

Safety violations for provisional licensure indicate abortion industry can't self-regulate

I strongly support the current regulations on abortion centers approved overwhelmingly by the Board of Health. These regulations protect women's health and should be made permanent and continue to include the strongest standards.

I understand that health inspectors documented multiple health and safety violations in the facilities, and that most of the facilities had to submit plans of correction in order to receive provisional licensure. This clearly indicates to me that the abortion industry cannot be relied upon to self-regulate and promote standards of cleanliness and safety in their facilities.

While I reject the premise that abortion is health care because it ends lives rather than healing them, as long as the existence of the abortion industry is treated by its proponents and by the government as “health care”, they should be held to reasonable health care standards.  The current regulations are reasonable, common-sense measures to ensure that life-saving equipment is on hand, infections are prevented, and clear written policies and building guidelines are in place. Please maintain strong permanent abortion facility regulations to protect the health and safety of women.

Thank you for your attention,

     -Matthew Parowski


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