Abortion, forced or coerced; prohibited, penalty. (SB277)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), and Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Forced or coerced abortion prohibited; penalty.  Provides that any person who forces or coerces a pregnant female to have an abortion against her will is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also creates a private right of action against the person who coerced her to have an abortion for the female herself and for the wrongful death of the unborn child. Read the Bill »


02/27/2012: Subcommittee Recommends Passing the Bill


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102374D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB277)
02/09/2012Reported from Education and Health with amendment (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/13/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/13/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended SB277E
02/13/2012Printed as engrossed 12102374D-E
02/14/2012Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/16/2012Read first time
02/16/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB277E)
02/21/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/27/2012Continued to 2013 in Courts of Justice
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 2-N)
02/27/2012Committee amendments
02/27/2012Continued with amendments to 2013 in Courts of Justice