In some surprising news, It reads as follows that the eternally-delayed v1.13 patch will include… respecs. Here’s what Bashiok said on the issue, in several different posts in the same thread.
There will be an easily accessed but very limited way characters will have access to respecs, and another way …
Respecing = Yuck.
Bashiok: It’ll be fine.
Bashiok also pointed out that the sticky thread in the Test Realm forum had been updated with a v1.13 “progress” report. Test Realm forum:
We’ll keep you updated as work progresses.