Abortion or miscarriage; intent to produce or cause. (HB2648)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) with support from co-patron Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Producing abortion or miscarriage, etc.; penalty. Provides that any person, including the pregnant female, who administers to or causes to be taken by a pregnant female any drug or other thing or uses means, with intent to destroy her unborn child, or to produce abortion or miscarriage and thereby destroys such child or produces such abortion or miscarriage is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Current law does not with specificity include the pregnant female as a possible perpetrator. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078028366
01/10/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2648)
01/22/2007Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/2007Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2007Engrossed by House as amended HB2648E
02/05/2007Printed as engrossed 078028366-E
02/06/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2648E)
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (72-Y 25-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/2007Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


KathyinBlacksburg writes:

Criminalizing miscarriage is just plain nuts. What exactly is "cause" your own miscarriage. Chris Jones should be defeated in Nov. 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Byt this legislation, he would criminalize, or render as suspects, all women who miscarry.

And this, of course, ignores the point that criminalizing women for terminating their pregnacies should not be a felonious matter. Keep the police out of women's reproduction. And keep Chris Jones away from the women of Virginia.

KathyinBlacksburg writes:

Correction of the above comment. There should be no criminal penalities, or criminalization, period.

Phyllis Turk writes:

This bill is cruel. It is estimated that one pregnancy in five ends in miscarriage, whether the pregnancy is wanted or not. Delegate Jones needs to learn biology and keep his beliefs to himself.

SL Spangler writes:

Is wise government oxymoronic on its face? From the likes of our GA productions such as this one, I'd say yes.