Abortion; informed written consent. (HB450)

Introduced By

Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abortion; informed written consent. Repeals the statutory requirements that a physician obtain a pregnant woman's informed written consent and perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging before performing an abortion. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102742D
01/06/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB450)
01/25/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 3-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports HB450, which would repeal non-medical, ideological, and medically unnecessary state requirements that are not intended to enhance informed consent for abortion care. Each patient needs to be able to trust their doctor is providing them with timely care, free from judgment and stigma. Virginia law currently requires physicians to communicate biased information about abortion to their patients, perform unnecessary diagnostic testing, and to delay care for 24 hours against their patient’s wishes. This law violates the basic tenants of informed consent, and delays a patient’s ability to access quality abortion care by requiring multiple trips to a clinic for no other reason than to show the state’s disapproval of that person’s personal, constitutionally protected medical decision. This bill would allow patients and their doctors to determine which actions and information would add to the patient's ability to make an informed medical decision, not politicians.