Abortion; informed consent. (HB1056)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Abortion; informed consent. Removes the requirement that an ultrasound be performed 24 hours prior to an abortion. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2014Committee
01/08/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103237D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2014Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
02/12/2014Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill because it seeks to repeal the law passed in 2012 requiring that a woman undergo an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion. The mandatory ultrasound law is intended to shame, judge, and make a woman change her mind by requiring doctors to provide the woman with the option to view the ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat. Requiring an ultrasound before abortion is about political interference, not informed consent. Information should not be provided with the intent or result of shaming, judging, or making a woman change her mind. Health care decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

Fred Costello writes:

Science shows that the fetus has unique DNA, the DNA of a human being, not that of the mother or of the father. It is a separate human being. Abortion kills a human being. If you lawmakers foster abortion, you are complicit in ignoring science and in the killing of human beings. Eventually, you will be held accountable.

Kim Whittington writes:

Repeal the TRAP legislation - ALL OF IT. Evangelical fundamentalism does not belong in secular governance. It should be restricted to the private realm of personal belief and practice. Ultrasounds and the companion legislation of TRAP is unrelated to actual, measurable health & safety. It is nothing more than a blatant move meant to eliminate access to abortion care.

Kim Whittington writes:

Repeal the TRAP legislation - ALL OF IT. Evangelical fundamentalism does not belong in secular governance. It should be restricted to the private realm of personal belief and practice. Ultrasounds and the companion legislation of TRAP is unrelated to actual, measurable health & safety. It is nothing more than a blatant move meant to eliminate access to abortion care.

Diane Lange writes:

Love how the left screams having a ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion it is like rape yet when it is done the same day prior to an abortion it is OK. FACT - Many clinics due one before an abortion. I say keep the law as it is!