Urge Support Of Abortion Center Safety Regulations


August 29, 2011

Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Health released its 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. Abortion centers will also have to report deaths of patients resulting from abortion procedures.

Of course, the abortion industry has responded with hyperbole, misinformation and fear tactics (see Washington Post). Planned Parenthood and NARAL are urging pro-abortion Virginians to contact the Board of Health to vote against these reasonable, common sense measures. They are well motivated and unified in their opposition to any and all regulations. It is essential that the Board hear from pro-life Virginians!

It is important to remember that the abortion industry just this year rejected legislation that would have required only licensing, inspections and emergency equipment. It is clear from its rejection of that legislation and these common sense regulations that they oppose any and all efforts by the Commonwealth to ensure women’s health and safety in their abortion centers. Their predictable and short sighted response reveals that they do not take the health of women in Virginia seriously.

Please contact the Board of Health and please forward this information to as many of your pro-life friends as possible! The Board of Health needs to hear from you. It is important that our e-mails to the board be reasoned and thoughtful. Let’s leave the harsh rhetoric to the supporters of the abortion industry.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments for the public comment file may do so by mail, e-mail or fax to Joseph Hilbert, Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, 109 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219, or 804-864-7022 (fax); or e-mail 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, which is September 15.

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17 Responses to “Urge Support Of Abortion Center Safety Regulations”

  1. Alice Arkwright says:

    I am a strong supporter of abortion and I oppose these regulations. Every terminated pregnancy eliminates a potential Republican, a potential Taliban christian, a potential member of the Family Foundation of Virginia, a potential family values drum-beater. This is a good thing for society. I will do everything I can to see that these regulations are not adopted.

  2. Matt Weingarden says:

    You are deeply, deeply misguided. Shame on you.

  3. steve pfingst says:

    It doesn’t have a damn thing to do about women’s safety, it has everytrhing to do with your beliefs. At least have the courtesy to tell the truth

  4. denise says:

    there is nothing reasonable or common sense about the proposed regulations and you people really have to stop trying to make everyone live the way YOU see fit. If you are worried about children, take care of the ones that are already here.

  5. Tim says:

    Abortion is clinically and scientifically the intentional termination of a preborn human being. I wonder if people like Alice have the mental capacity to recognize that they were once in the same state and it is ONLY because someone chose to carry them to term that you are alive today. None of us would have consciousness, an opinion, or a voice had their mother chosen abortion. As a beneficiary of that gift what the heck gives you the right to deny life to ANY other innocent human being?

    • Alice Arkwright says:

      Tim, I understand what you are saying. However, if I had been aborted it would have made no difference to me since I never would have existed. I don’t consider the fact that I’ve been alive for 66 years any particular gift. It just is what it is.

  6. Tim says:

    Steve the regulation has everything to do with safety… but the arguement against this law has everything to do with ideology and the desire to keep the right to murder children… even at the expense of the women. Abortion has done more to harm women and devalue the dignity of human life than anything else in history. Auschwitz was nothing compared to the attrocity of abortion whereby innocent children are ripped and torn apart or chemically burned to death in the one place they should be safest… the womb of their mother. Those who argue for abortion are defending the indefensible!

  7. Tim says:

    Denise the children in the womb of their mothers are ALSO “already here”. It’s just that pro-aborts wish to ignore their human dignity for the sake of personal convenience and expediacy. It is and always has been scientific fact that human life begins at conception. Roe v Wade only defined when that human life had rights under the law and it was decided incorrectly. Our Declaration of Independence rested our right to sever ties to English rule based on these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Life is the first unalienable right and without it NO OTHER RIGHTS EXIST! Consider this: if you deny that right to the most innocent of people (the unborn) what right do you have to claim it for yourself?

  8. Farah Callum says:

    I can’t speak for other people. But I can speak for myself.

    I can’t have other people intervene in my way I think, I life. Nobody has the right to tell me what I can do or not with my body. If I want to terminate my life or the life of another piece of cells that can’t live without my body way into the third trimester, its my decision. And I have to life with the decision until I die.

    In all countries of the world, where abortions are illegal or hard to get, people who can’t have a baby dump them, kill them, don’t feed them, bury them alive. There is a huge amount of abortion-tourism in those countries of Europe and Asia, where its hard to get one. Airfares are cheap nowadays. Virginia wants to put their head in the sand?

    Ok, lets have new, sad tourist streams into neighboring states. “I can’t see it, so it isn’t happening” is so beyond 1950ties, I don’t think any sane person would think that closing those clinics changes anything.

    I completely understand the position of “Pro-Lifers”. But I will never understand, why they care only for the moment of birth, and then let millions of kids rot in slums and tell the people “that’s now their problem!!!”

    My only salvation is, that people who do this madness in deep believe they do “someones will”, this schizophrenic parody of not caring WILL be questioned by their choosen deity. And there will no cheap arguments, no laughable “political” statement and cheap shots to run away with.

  9. Tekto Tehan says:

    Tim et al,

    Whether you like it or not, legalized abortion is the law of the land. We’re a nation of laws, not a nation of men, so stop your temper tantrum. If you want the law to change, do it the right way. Since the current interpretation of the law ties in with interstate commerce and equal proection, you’re going to have to get it changed in all 50 states or else make it illegal federally, to get anywhere. Best of luck there.

    Personally, I’m surprised that the deregulation crowd has put up with the pro-lifers for as long as they have, but I suppose need for critical voter mass creates strange bedfellows.

    I’m also curious to see what measures The Family Foundation of Virginia (and similar organizations) have done to limit the practice of abortion outside the US. From above pro-life arguments, it seems to be that sovereignty of other nations would be rather low on the total pole when compared to protecting life.

  10. POTUS No.4 says:

    Farah: You almost had me. Then you brought up the tired liberal canard about letting babies of the poor “rot.” Thanks for trying to speak for me and the pro-life movement. You want to put words or ascribe motives to us. You want to redefine our position. It won’t work and the fact that you bring this baloney up is proof og the weakness of your arguments. Pro-life means LIFE from beginning to end. The only double-standard is on your side, b/c we believe in natural death, not Kevorkian-style life endings that you guys seem tolerate.

    But as for newborns, pro-lifers have ALWAYS advocated and encouraged and financed ways to keep those babies well fed, schooled, etc. Look at the many Christian adoption services and children’s charities. Have the baby and give it up for adoption, but don’t kill it. That’s what we say. Not what you say we say. So, we are principled and offer options in those cases.

    Tekto: We ARE obeying the law. It’s YOU guys who can’t get a grip that this law was passed last year by the duly elected delegates and senators of the General Assembly and signed by the governor! This is the process the law set out. It’s you guys name calling on this blog instead of offering your proposals for the regulations. I’d say the pro-lifers are respecting the law more than you pro-abortion types.

    Alice: Your comments are absolutely sick, vile and over the top, and you guys wonder why public opinion is changing on this issue.

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