Killing the fetus of another; guilty of manslaughter, penalties. (HB744)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Killing the fetus of another; manslaughter; penalties. Provides that any person who kills the fetus of another by an intentional act committed while in the sudden heat of passion upon reasonable provocation is guilty of voluntary manslaughter, which is punishable as a Class 5 felony. The bill also provides that any person who kills the fetus of another accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties and while engaged in conduct so gross, wanton, and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life, is guilty of involuntary manslaughter, which is also punishable as a Class 5 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101256D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2022Impact statement from VCSC (HB744)
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB744)
02/08/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/11/2022Reported from Courts of Justice (11-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (58-Y 39-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (58-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/21/2022Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB155.


Bobby Jackson writes:

Good bill. Abortion is murder, and those who perform them must be punished.

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