Abortion funding; repealed. (HB62)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford), and Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funding for certain abortions.  Repeals the section authorizing the Board of Health to fund abortions for women who meet the financial eligibility criteria of the State Plan for Medical Assistance in cases in which a physician certifies that he believes that the fetus would be born with a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency. Read the Bill »


02/28/2012: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/19/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100460D
12/19/2011Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB62)
01/23/2012Assigned HWI sub: #4
01/26/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
01/31/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2012Read first time
02/02/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2012Read third time and passed House (64-Y 35-N)
02/03/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2012Reported from Education and Health with amendment (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/28/2012Passed by indefinitely in Finance (9-Y 6-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 20 minutes.


Danielle B writes:

I think that people, should be assisted. if they cant afford an abortion they wouldnt be able to afford to take care a kid properly. or the medical bills that would come along with it. also i believe that abortions should be illegal if completly needed for extreme measures. if a mother cant properly care for the baby, plce it in a well foster home who can.

Dianne Rencsok writes:

If a handicapped child is born to a woman who meets the financial criteria for Board of Health funding, who do you think is going to cover the cost of that child's care, whether medical, foster, educational. Is this supposed to show monetary savings or moral judgement? It would only increase taxpayer costs and add to the problems already facing the poorest in our community.

Michael writes:

Well, public funding of the abortion of a handicapped child of poor parents is certainly one way to address poverty and the problems facing the handicapped. We won't have any more poor, handicapped people if we kill them all first, right?

Anne writes:

It is prodominately the woman's right and the family's right to decide if they would be mentally and financially capable to uphold the responsibilities. No one else can tell the woman and her family what is best for her. If she decides not to have this child, then it is best for her to be able to get it in a safe and an affordable way.