Abortion; born alive human infant, treatment and care, penalty. (HB227)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), and Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abortion; born alive human infant; treatment and care; penalty. Requires every physician licensed by the Board of Medicine who attempts to terminate a pregnancy to (i) exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a human infant who has been born alive following such attempt as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and (ii) take all reasonable steps to ensure the immediate transfer of the human infant who has been born alive to a hospital for further medical care. A physician who fails to comply with the requirements of this act is guilty of a Class 4 felony and may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine. The bill also requires every hospital licensed by the Department of Health to establish a protocol for the treatment and care of a human infant who has been born alive following performance of an abortion and for the immediate reporting to law enforcement of any failure to provide such required treatment and care. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101764D
12/28/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/02/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB227)
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB227)
02/11/2020Left in Courts of Justice


William Ballance writes:

An excellent proposal that shows respect for life.