Abortion; licensure of clinics. (HB894)

Introduced By

Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of abortion clinics. Requires all abortion clinics, defined as any facility other than a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center in which 25 or more first trimester abortions are performed in any 12-month period, to be licensed and to comply with the requirements currently in place for ambulatory surgery centers except the requirement for a certificate of public need. The Board of Health may also waive certain structural requirements. Read the Bill »


02/28/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084612604
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2008Read first time
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB894)
01/17/2008Read second time
01/17/2008Passed by for the day
01/18/2008Passed by for the day
01/21/2008Read second time
01/21/2008Floor substitute printed 084078500-H1 (Englin)
01/21/2008Speaker ruled floor substitute by Delegate Englin not germane
01/21/2008Pending question ordered
01/21/2008Engrossed by House
01/22/2008Read third time and passed House (60-Y 37-N)
01/22/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (60-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2008Communicated to Senate
01/23/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/28/2008Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (10-Y 5-N)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB437.


Angela, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Lohr passed

Kenton Ngo writes:

No, not yet. It was engrossed, vote is tomorrow.

Rachel M. writes:

This bill would obviously close clinics that provide women's health care and pre-natal care at low or no cost to women in need. Why is this a priority for law-makers?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that first-trimester abortions be performed in the more private and intimate setting of a doctor's office or abortion clinic, rather than in a hospital.

It seems that the desire to force personal moral beliefs on others outweighs the desire to help those in need.

Beth L. writes:

Hopefully this will not pass. This is the only medical procedure they are going to require this increase in "safety". You can have extensive plastic surgery or a colonoscopy with resection of polyps in a procedure room at a medical facility but not a D&C. You can have a hysteroscopy and essure blockage of your tubes in the office but not a D&C. And there is no data to suggest there is a health problem that need solving. A D&C is one of the safest and easy procedures to do.

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