Virginia Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




§ 18.2-75




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Virginia Code section 18.2-75 allows individuals, physicians, hospitals, or medical facilities to refuse to provide abortion services.

The law prohibits the state from requiring a hospital or other medical facility or physician to admit any patient for the purpose of performing an abortion. In addition, any person who states in writing an objection to any abortion or all abortions on personal, ethical, moral or religious grounds may not be required to participate in procedures which will result in such abortion.

The refusal of a person or facility to participate in abortion services may not form the basis of any claim for damages on account of such refusal or for any disciplinary or recriminatory action against such person, nor may any person be denied employment because of an objection or refusal.

The law, enacted in 1975, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals for patients seeking abortion services.