Informed consent; ultrasound required before performing abortion to determine gestation age. (HB2579)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Informed consent: ultrasound required before performing abortion to determine gestation age. Requires that, as a component of informed consent to an abortion and determination of gestation age, every pregnant female shall be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound image of her fetus prior to the abortion. Read the Bill »


02/19/2009: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/21/2009Presented and ordered printed 098800448
01/21/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Read first time
02/08/2009Passed by for the day
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Amendments by Delegate Byron agreed to
02/09/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB2579E
02/09/2009Printed as engrossed 098800448-E
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House (62-Y 36-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/19/2009Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Concerned in Richmond writes:

This is unnecessary because informed consent and an ultrasound are already a part of most, if not all, abortion procedures.

Sandy writes:

How do we find out who voted for this bill?

David Wright writes:

This bill grants "An offer to view the ultrasound image at the appointment for the abortion procedure. If the woman chooses to view the ultrasound image, it shall be provided to her in a respectful and understandable manner, without prejudice and intended to give the woman the opportunity to make an informed choice."

Is the pro-abortion crowd really objecting to this? Whatever happened to the embrace of choice ?