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Local hospitals did not perform any abortions in 2010

Here’s a postscript to yesterday’s blog and today’s story on the new regulations that the state’s private abortion clinics face:

The Virginia Department of Health tracks the number of abortions done, both by private clinics and by hospitals. State law requires that an abortion done in the second or third trimester of pregnancy be done in a hospital. Hospitals also do first-trimester abortions. Hospital abortions are almost always for “fetal anomalies,” according to one clinic operator.

Fourteen hospitals in Virginia did abortions in 2010. VCU, for example, did 228 of them. Virginia Baptist in Lynchburg did one. Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center did not do any.

According to Mary Washington Healthcare’s recently adopted abortion policy, it asks providers not to do routine, elective abortions there.  The policy also says:

“MWHC provides care to protect the lives and health of pregnant women and their fetuses.  There are circumstances in which it may be appropriate for obstetric physicians to offer induction or delivery prior to viability in cases where continuation of the pregnancy might result in threat to life or health of the mother.”

Spotsylvania Regional feels similarly. “Our policy is that we don’t unless it is to save the mother’s life,” said Nancy Littlefield, chief nursing officer.

According to the Health Department, these are the Virginia hospitals that did abortions in 2010: 


Hospital Location Abortions
Alexandria  Alexandria 23
Fair Oaks  Fairfax 18
Fairfax Falls Church 1
Henrico Doctors-Forest Henrico 53
Loudoun Leesburg 4
VCU Richmond 228
Potomac Woodbridge 1
Reston  Fairfax 4
Sentara Williamsburg York 2
Southside Regional Petersburg 1
University of Virginia Charlottesville 57
Virginia Baptist Lynchburg 1
Virginia Hospital Center Arlington 2
Winchester Winchester 6
  Total 401

(Today’s story about the state’s new abortion regulations can be seen here. Yesterday’s blog post on that topic is here.)