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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/29/2013|
Commenter: Deborah Maguire
I am writing today to voice my sincerest concern regarding the TRAP regulations.Laws that infringe on the rights of women, reduce the safety of medical care that we are - by law - permitted to have and that push unrealistic and purposefully created burdens on clinics is just so ridiculous. This is America - land of the free, I should not have people intruding on my health care because of THEIR religious preferences.These regulations threaten the continued availability of safe, legal first-trimester abortion and preventive reproductive health care in multiple locations throughout the state.
Extensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit will reduce or eliminate patient access to health care.
The regulations will increase the financial hurdles to health care for patients, with no proven medical benefit to patients. Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less.
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.