Birth control; definition. (SB783)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Birth control; definition. Adds a definition of birth control. "Birth control" means contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Birth control shall not be considered abortion for the purposes of Title 18.2. Read the Bill »


01/17/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/18/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101719D
12/18/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2013Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

By way of explanation, Title 18.2 is the criminal code—those laws that deal with theft, murder, rioting, libel, etc.

I'd like to know why this bill is even necessary. Has there been a court ruling questioning whether birth control is abortion? (There's certainly no science that makes such a connection.) Does Sen. McEachin see this as a preemptive strike, or does this solve an actual problem?

I'll bet that this passes the Senate, but doesn't make it out of committee in the House.

Greenwin Communications, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Add your comments about this bill here—they’ll be listed on your public portfolio and on the bill’s page. Should this pass or fail? Why?