Hospitals; classification of certain facilities in which abortions are performed. (SB1115)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Classification as hospitals of certain facilities in which abortions are performed. Eliminates language classifying facilities in which five or more first trimester abortions per month are performed as hospitals for the purpose of compliance with regulations of the Board of Health related to construction, maintenance, operation, staffing, and equipping of hospitals. Read the Bill »


01/17/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102032D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2013Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2183.


ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it eliminates an anti-choice measure passed in the 2011 General Assembly session - the classification of women's health centers that provide first-trimester abortion as a category of hospital. Classifying women's health centers as a category of hospital subjects women's health centers to new regulations created by the Virginia Department of Health known as TRAP - Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers. First-trimester abortions remain one of the safest and most common of all in-office surgical procedures. Abortion should not be regulated differently than other outpatient procedures that do not trigger these kinds of strict regulations. Laws that target only abortion providers, such as the bill passed in 2011 that classifies women's health centers as a category of hospital, have nothing to do with the safe delivery of services for women and everything to do with legislators’ efforts to restrict access to reproductive healthcare. Women’s health centers that provide a full range of comprehensive health care services could close because of an inability to meet regulations that have nothing to do with women’s health and safety.

Mark C writes:

This is a waste of time.

Why oppose the hospital designation. Abortions will no longer be performed in Virginia. Period.

That is all folks. Thanks for coming.

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