Killing the fetus of another; guilty of manslaughter, penalties. (SB122)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


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


01/07/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103058D
01/07/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/11/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB122)
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB122)
01/26/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Committee substitute printed 22105356D-S1
01/26/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/26/2022Incorporates SB155 (Hanger)
01/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB122S1)
02/10/2022Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

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