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Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities [REPEALED] [12 VAC 5 ‑ 412]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: Darcey Bennett
Please do not move forward with these outrageous and harmful TRAP regulations.
It does not make sense to eliminate patient access to health care with these exensive, burdensome requirements for clinic buildings that are unrelated to the services health centers provide and have no proven medical benefit.
Women need more access to affordable, high quality health care, not less.
Medically inappropriate and unnecessarily burdensome regulations would restrict access to essential health care services for the women of Virginia and further marginalize young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing their health care options.
The high standard of care provided by women's health centers is proven by their impressive safety record. Overregulation will limit access to a wide range of preventive reproductive health care services provided by women's health clinics, including 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. Please do not impede women's access to essential health care.