Abortion; eliminate certain requirements. (HB2491)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

Progress

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

Description

Abortion; eliminate certain requirements. Eliminates the requirement that an abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy and prior to the third trimester be performed in a hospital. The bill eliminates all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a woman's informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a woman's informed written consent be first obtained. The bill eliminates the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman's death or impairment of her mental or physical health, as well as the need to find that any such impairment to the woman's health would be substantial and irremediable. The bill also removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for hospitals. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/09/2019Committee
01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103112D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2491)
01/24/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #4
01/28/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

Elizabeth Widlak writes:

DELEGATE TRAN, THIS IS A VERY CONCERNING BILL TO BRING FORTH. PLEASE VIEW THE ULTRASOUND DONE WHILEST A LATER TERM ABORTION IS PERFORMED. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. AND THE KILLING OF A FULLY DEVELOPED FETUS IS, WHILST RIPPING THEM LIMB FROM LIMB IS THE MOST INHUMANE THING I HAVE EVER BEEN WITNESS TO. PLEASE INFORM YOURSELF ON WHAT YOU ARE PROPOSING TO THE INNOCENT UNBORN CHILD. THIS IS EVIL LEGISLATION AND I HOPE FOR THE SAKE OF INNOCENT LIVES, THAT YOUR BILL GETS SHUT DOWN, AND SWIFTLY.

Seth Halpern writes:

Republicans operatives have launched a smear campaign through a bogus “news” site called the Republican Standard. They claim that you are attempting to legalize third trimester late-term abortions, among other lies. These scare tactics are threatening to derail public discourse. I suggest you watch out for Republican’s fake news!

John writes:

Seth - did you miss this part of the proposed bill? "The bill eliminates the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman's death or impairment of her mental or physical health"

It leaves the decision of a third-trimester abortion, and how whether it's 'life threatening' up to one doctor's opinion.
Additionally, they want to remove the mandatory ultrasound? hmmm..why is that? because the mother might recognize that it's a baby and not just cells ?

Kathy Sale writes:

This is the most vile thing I have EVER heard of!! What are you thinking??? This is outright MURDER and those children you kill... (yes I said you because you are the one submitting and supporting the bill), will be on your hands. I totally support Elizabeth Widlak's response above. I hope this bill gets shut down quickly!!!

Seth Halpern - you need to educate yourself. This bill alone throws your comment out the window about republicans...its the democrats who is pushing these type of murderess bills to get passed.

Eileen Keatts writes:

Seth, did you hear her answer when asked if her bill would apply to a woman if she is DILATING and she answered "yes"? As a Republican, I may be a liar in YOUR eyes but MY eyes and ears are wide open!

John II writes:

Imagine hating not only Trump and the conservative majority, but also YOURSELF so much you are actively supporting the murder of children.
We can debate first trimester abortions--I'll give you that, although I'll argue for its immorality as well. But how can you argue for this? This is, for all intents and purposes, a sick game of copycat. Who can get to far left and get the media darling status first?

If I'm a prosecutor in NYS (or maybe soon in VA), I'm filing charges on each Delegate and State Senator that votes on-the-record with Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Think it's over the top and overzealous? So is thinking *your* right as a pregnant woman includes taking a viable life.

Planet Ponzi writes:

The State of New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo Was Not Only Cheered, But Applause & Celebration Broke Out In Albany When The Law Allowing Abortions Thru The 40th Week With NO TIME LIMIT, Was Passed. This is a step too far, it's not simply wrong, it's monstrous, evil and murder. Is America still a civil society? OMG.

Jennifer S. writes:

Seth, I can't believe a sane human being can support this bill! Not only is this bill allowing the abortion to take place up to 40 weeks (or the day of delivery) as long as there are medical reasons to protect the life of the mother (C-Section is safer than abortion), the bill is also allowing the woman to not have the abortion in a hospital after the second trimester and for the abortion to only be certified by one physician. "The bill eliminates the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman's death or impairment of her mental or physical health, as well as the need to find that any such impairment to the woman's health would be substantial and irremediable." This is absolutely not safe for the mother either! Have you ever heard of Gosnell? Democrats are committing a modern day Holocaust against uneducated women and innocent babies with these new laws!

Rob B. writes:

To All proponents of this bill and their supportive members...I hope you're ready when the day comes for each and every one of you to answer to whatever higher power you my believe in.
I ask each representative at this time, if you have children of age that might understand what abortion is, will you sit down with them and explain your part and thoughts associated with this bill and look upon their expressions, this should clarify what you were proposing to accomplish with this bill.
In closing, thank goodness for check and measures.

Carol Jackson writes:

Thank GOD for our government leaders with the understanding of the sanctity of life. Where would your contemporaries be if their mothers, with/without government “sanction,” had dismembered/burned/dissolved them in the womb/at birth? Perhaps they should think of what their lives would be like today had they or their wives aborted their own babies. Surely those children were not all “planned” and prepared for beforehand; all were/are not perfect. Which ones do they now wish they had murdered, killed, “aborted” before they had the right to live? The pro abortionists need to examine their own hearts aloud, verbally, in front of their own children and see if they can answer those questions in front of them.

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