Ultrasound prior to abortion; physician civil penalty. (HB547)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Ultrasound prior to abortion; physician civil penalty. Provides that no physician shall be subject to a civil penalty for failure to perform or supervise the performance of the ultrasound imaging required prior to an abortion if, in his medical judgment, such ultrasound imaging is not medically necessary. Currently, any physician who violates any provision of the abortion informed consent statute is subject to a $2,500 civil penalty. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101749D
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, HB546, 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:

Please see my comments on HB546

Diane Lange writes:

THANK YOU for killing this bill. Job well done!