Abortion; prohibited, exceptions, penalty. (SB1284)

Introduced By

Sen. Travis Hackworth (R-Richlands) with support from co-patrons Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), and Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Abortion prohibited; exceptions; penalty. Provides that life begins at conception and no abortion is authorized or shall be performed on an unborn child except when (i) a physician determines, in reasonable medical judgment, that a medical emergency exists, defined in the bill such that the abortion is performed to save the life of the mother, or (ii) the probable gestational age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or less and the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest in which an official police report has been filed alleging the offense of rape or incest and such abortion is performed by a licensed physician in a hospital. The bill provides that any person who performs an unlawful abortion is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23103751D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/13/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1284)
01/17/2023Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/25/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1284)
01/26/2023Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

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