Abortion; expands who can perform in first trimester, informed consent required. (HB980)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Provision of abortion. Expands who can perform first trimester abortions to include any person jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and Nursing as a nurse practitioner acting within such person's scope of practice. The bill eliminates all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a pregnant person's informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a pregnant person's informed written consent first be obtained. The bill 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. This bill incorporates HB 1060 and is identical to SB 733. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105164D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB980)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106266D-H1
01/22/2020Incorporates HB1060 (Adams, D.M.)
01/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB980H1)
01/27/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106266D-H1
01/27/2020Delegate Gilbert floor amendments ruled not germane
01/27/2020Delegate Gilbert floor amendment ruled not germane
01/27/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB980H1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House (52-Y 45-N)
01/28/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Committee substitute printed 20108525D-S1
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB980S1)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108525D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB980S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Chair votes Yes
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108525D-S1 (52-Y 44-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB980ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB980ER)
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
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 898 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0898)


William Ballance writes:

Some of us believe that abortion is wrong. We believe that God creates life at the moment of conception and that life deserves to be protected. Many of those who support abortion state that they feel that abortion should be legal, safe, and rare. How does this bill make abortion safe? What compelling reason do we have for lowering safety standards? Isn't abortion already accessible enough in Virgnia under the current regulations? If lowering safety standards hurts even one woman, is it worth it? Do our legislators really believe they need an abortion clinic on every corner? Is that the real goal?