Abortion; when lawful, 15-week gestational age, exceptions, penalty. (HB2278)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania), and Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abortion; when lawful; 15-week gestational age; exceptions; penalty. Makes it a Class 4 felony for any physician licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice medicine and surgery to terminate or attempt to terminate a human pregnancy or aid or assist in the termination of a human pregnancy by performing an abortion or causing a miscarriage on any woman if the physician determines using best clinical judgment that the gestational age of the unborn child is more than 15 weeks, unless (i) the physician determines, based upon best clinical judgment, that the continuation of the pregnancy will result in the death of the woman or substantially and irreversibly impair one or more of such woman's major bodily functions, not including psychological or emotional conditions, or (ii) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The bill further requires that any abortion procedure performed after it is determined that the unborn child's gestational age is more than 15 weeks is required to be performed in a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health or operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill provides that its provisions shall be known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23104306D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2023Impact statement from VCSC (HB2278)
01/30/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB2278)
02/07/2023Left in Courts of Justice


Jaime Turgeon writes:

I oppose this bill vehemently! You have NO BUSINESS inside a woman’s womb! That is between her and her doctor! STAY OUT OF WOMEN’S BODIES!!

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