|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
Permanent Abortion Facility Regulations help protect women's health
Women are entitled to the common-sense health and safety standards that have been proposed and received preliminary approval by the Board of Health last September. The emergency regulations already have been effective. State inspectors visiting facilities documented such things as hand washing violations, blood-spattered examination tables and unsterilized equipment and instruments. In fact, 13 out of the 20 facilities had to establish plans of correction to fix deficiencies in order to maintain licensure. Further, the regulations ensure that buildings meet architectural standards so that emergency medical personnel can reach patients in a timely fashion during a life-threatening situation. Clearly the abortion industry cannot be relied upon to self-regulate and promote standards of cleanliness and safety in their facilities.