Birth control; definition. (HB552)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Definition of birth control. Defines "birth control," for the purposes of the regulation of medicine, as contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provides that birth control shall not be considered abortion for the purposes of Title 18.2 (Crimes and Offenses Generally). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101890D
01/05/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB552)
01/21/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Read first time
01/24/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
01/27/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2020Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Amendment by Senator Dunnavant withdrawn
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB552ER)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB552ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/23/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 420 (effective 7/1/20)
03/23/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0420)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 30 seconds.