Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another warning shot across the bow of the Virginia Board of Health

UPDATE 4/12 9:00 p.m.:

RICHMOND (April 12, 2013) — Statement from Brian Gottstein, director of communication for the Office of the Attorney General, on the Virginia Board of Health vote on new regulations for abortion clinics today:

“The attorney general’s primary duty is to certify whether the regulations adopted by the Board of Health comply with state and federal law, and more specifically SB924, which was passed by the General Assembly in 2011.  This afternoon, the attorney general certified that the regulations complied with the law.”

The regulations will now go to the Department of Planning and Budget for approval. If approved, the regulations will then go to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Upon his approval, the regulations will be sent to Governor McDonnell for his consideration.

If signed, the package will then be sent to the Registrar for publication in the register. Once published, there will be a 30 day adoption period, during which the public may offer comment. The regulations will then become effective after the 30-day adoption period.

UPDATE: 4/12: Today, the Virginia Board of Health approved new regulations targeting women’s health centers 11-2. The regulations require clinics that provide more than 5 abortions be considered as hospitals. Current clinics are grandfathered in and will face expensive upgrades or closure.

Freeda Cathcart candidate for the 17th district HOD and activist for women’s health said: “Today the Board of Health ruled to accept the TRAP legislation. Cathcart who has testified three times before the Board had to say she was “Extremely disappointed with the Board’s decision. These regulations were not based in medicine or born from a concern for women’s health and safety. In actuality they will limit access to critical cancer screenings and annual care for thousands of Virginia women. As someone who has previously served on a board under the Board of Health it is disappointing to see political extremism placed ahead of women’s safety and health.”

4/11:

Statement from Brian Gottstein, director of communication for the Office of the Attorney General, on the Virginia Board of Health meeting Friday to vote on new regulations for abortion clinics:

“The attorney general’s primary duty is to certify whether the regulations adopted by the Board of Health comply with state and federal law, and more specifically SB924, which was passed by the General Assembly in 2011.  That is exactly what he intends to do.  Lawyers from this office will also advise the board on the law as requested as the board discusses the regulations.

“We do not have a timetable for certification.”

Background information:

SB924 classified facilities performing five or more first trimester abortions per month as “hospitals.” Hospitals must be licensed by the Virginia Board of Health pursuant to Virginia Code section 32.1-125, and the Board of Health must create regulations pursuant to section 32.1-127.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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