Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]
|Action||Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
Commenter: Sue D'Onofrio
This is the year 2013....the proposed regulations will take women backwards. They will put the availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care at risk in multiple locations throughout the state. These requirements for clinic buildings have NO proven medical benefit and will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care. Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less. Also, medically inappropriate and unnecessarily burdensome regulations will severely impact young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing life-saving cancer screenings, family planning, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment.
It is my hope that the regulations will be amended to be based purely on medicine and science and should not impede women's access to essential health care.