Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Virginia Abortion Regulations - #3207 - Urges Support of Abortion Center Safety Regulations - The Family Foundation

Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Health released their proposed regulations for Virginia’s abortion centers.The regulations are now available for public review by clicking here (scroll to page 25). The Board of Health will vote on the proposed regulations at its meeting September 15. It is imperative that you contact the Board of Health and urge them to pass the regulations! While we understand that this is only the first step in a long process, we believe that the regulations presented to the Board of Health by medical experts at the Department of Health would sufficiently improve the health and safety of Virginia’s abortion centers. The proposed regulations would improve the health and safety standards by providing for regular and unannounced inspections of abortion centers. Until now, abortion centers operated outside the mainstream of the medical community with little or no state supervision. The regulations also require standards regarding medical personnel like requiring that the doctor stay on premises until a woman is actually ready to be discharged, improved sanitary conditions, and emergency equipment for cardiac arrest, seizure, respiratory distress and other critical medical situations. Abortion centers would also have to be built, or improved within two years, to meet medical standards appropriate for the procedure. If these regulations threaten Virginia’s abortion centers, one has to wonder just how bad things have been.......Anyone wishing to submit written comments for the public comment file may do so by mail, email or fax to Joseph Hilbert, Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, 109 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 804-864-7022(fax), or email by clicking here. Written comments must include your name and address. In order to be considered, comments must be received by the last day of the public comment period (September 15).  Read entire article..........

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