Abortion; optional ultrasound. (HB546)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patrons Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abortion; optional ultrasound. Eliminates the requirement that a pregnant woman undergo a mandatory transabdominal ultrasound prior to the performance of an abortion to determine the gestational age of the fetus and provides that a pregnant woman shall be offered the opportunity to have an ultrasound performed. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101748D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2014Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Courts of Justice


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill, and its companion bill, HB547, 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 – 28,000 per year in Virginia. Eventually, you will be held accountable.

Anna Pecora writes:

This crosses so many boundaries and rights of a woman. There are circumstances in which an abortion, in my opinion, should be allowed and putting a woman through more pain and emotional turmoil is beyond immoral.