Children; parents' right to make medical decisions (Abraham's Law). (HB2319)

Introduced By

Del. John Welch (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Definition of abused or neglected child. Specifies that a decision by parents or other person responsible to refuse a particular medical treatment for a child with a life-threatening condition shall not be deemed a refusal to provide necessary care if i) such decision is made jointly by the parents or other person responsible, and the child; ii) the child is sufficiently mature to have an informed opinion on the subject of his medical treatment; iii) the parents or other person responsible, and the child have considered alternative treatment options; and iv) the parents or other person responsible, and the child believe in good faith that such decision is in the child's best interest. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072401552
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2319)
02/01/2007Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2007Read first time
02/03/2007Read second time
02/03/2007Floor substitute printed 071746552-H1 (Welch)
02/03/2007Substitute by Delegate Welch agreed to 071746552-H1
02/03/2007Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2319H1
02/05/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2319H1)
02/05/2007Read third time and passed House (87-Y 9-N 1-A)
02/05/2007Communicated to Senate
02/06/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2007Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/12/2007Committee substitute printed 077666724-S1
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Substitute by Senator Hanger agreed to 077670732-S1
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Committee substitute rejected 077666724-S1
02/14/2007Floor substitute printed 077670732-S2 (Hanger)
02/14/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2007Substitute by Senator Hanger agreed to 077670732-S2
02/14/2007Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB2319S2
02/14/2007Passed Senate with substitute (33-Y 7-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2007Placed on Calendar
02/16/2007Senate substitute rejected by House (7-Y 90-N)
02/20/2007Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2007House acceded to request
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Welch, O'Bannon, BaCote
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Rerras, Cuccinelli, Herring
02/23/2007Reading of conference report waived
02/23/2007Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N)
02/23/2007VOTE: (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2007Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 1-N)
02/23/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2319ER)
03/12/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2319ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 479 (effective 7/1/07)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0479)