Children; parents' right to make medical decisions (Abraham's Law). (SB905)

Introduced By

Sen. Nick Rerras (R-Norfolk)


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. Also requires that a physician making a report of suspected child abuse or neglect identify himself by name if the report is based solely on the parents' decision regarding medical treatment for their child. Read the Bill »


03/20/2007: signed by governor


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072138804
01/08/2007Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB905)
01/26/2007Committee substitute printed 072483804-S1
01/29/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
01/30/2007Read second time
01/30/2007Committee substitute rejected 072483804-S1
01/30/2007Amendment by Senator Rerras withdrawn
01/30/2007Floor substitute printed 075404804-S2 (Rerras)
01/30/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2007Substitute by Senator Rerras agreed to 075404804-S2
01/30/2007Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB905S2
01/31/2007Passed by for the day
02/01/2007Passed by for the day
02/02/2007Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2007Amendments by Senator Stolle agreed to
02/02/2007Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendments SB905ES2
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2007Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2007Communicated to House
02/02/2007Printed as engrossed 075404804-ES2
02/05/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB905ES2)
02/06/2007Placed on Calendar
02/06/2007Read first time
02/06/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2007Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Committee substitute printed 077255804-H1
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077255804-H1
02/21/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB905H1
02/21/2007Passed House with substitute (89-Y 9-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 13-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB905ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/12/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB905ER)
03/20/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 597 (effective 7/1/07)
04/03/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0597)