|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
While the state of Virginia has often sited its concern for the availability of excellent healthcare for its citizens, this regulation would guarantee lack of availability and substandard provision of reproductive healthcare services to one half of the popuylation. To demand unreasonable standards and conditions for healthcare provision of clinics offering much needed family planning, cancer screenings, disease detection and treatment, and prevention of unwanted pregnancies ensures that the wellbeing of many female Virginians will be jeoprdized.
This legislation is a thinly disguised attempt to promote a radical agenda that seeks to control women's bodies in order to impose a minority's values on the women of Virginia. To require reproductive health clinics to adhere to building standards for hospital and require all physicians to be affiliated with hospitals is discriminatory. Clinics offering everything from orthopedic reconstruction to plastic surgery are not required to meet these standards.
The financial burden on many women and their families will be enormous. The state will feel this burden through the additional strains on state funded programs to deal with illnesses such as cancer that might have been diagnosed in these clinics, as well as the demands placed on hospital emegency room services. Cases of sexually transmitted disesases that might have been quickly dealt with will be more likely to be spread without access to inexpensive available care. The cost of unwanted pregnancies will devolve in many cases to the state. The cost to society of caring for these individuals will be great.
Beyond any financial or even societal cost is the most important question of fairness. We call ourselves a nation committed to providing equal treatment for all our citizens. Women make up more than half the population and their right to freedom in the question of their bodies has been laid down by the supreme court.. These proposed regulations attempt to subvert that ruling with shameful subterfuges.