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Virginia Bill Regarding Informed Consent (HB 1326)

This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Virginia

Number

HB 1326

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 21, 2016

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Informed Consent

Full Bill Text

leg1.state.va.us

HB 1326 would require women seeking an abortion to sign a written consent form at least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion.

Any physician who fails to acquire written consent prior to an abortion would be subject to a $5,000 civil penalty.

The bill details what should be included on the consent inform, which includes false health risks and medically inaccurate hazards related to future pregnancies:

“THE SURGICAL ABORTION PROCEDURE THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING CAN INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF GIVING BIRTH FAR TOO EARLY IN A SUBSEQUENT PREGNANCY.

PRETERM AND EXTREMELY PRETERM BIRTHS HAVE DOUBLED SINCE 1970 IN THE UNITED STATES. A PRETERM BIRTH IS ONE OF THE CAUSES OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND OTHER BIRTH DEFECTS IN CHILDREN AND OFTEN RESULTS IN LOW BIRTH WEIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD AND AN INCREASED CHANCE OF INFANT DEATH.

THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT THAT RESULTS FROM PRETERM BIRTHS IS CEREBRAL PALSY. CEREBRAL PALSY IS A VERY SERIOUS AND PERMANENT DISABILITY THAT LESSENS THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN OF A CHILD AND CAUSES DIFFICULTIES IN DAILY LIVING TASKS.

A NORMAL, HEALTHY PREGNANCY NORMALLY LASTS 40 WEEKS. A PRETERM BIRTH OCCURS BEFORE 37 WEEKS AND AN EXTREMELY PRETERM BIRTH OCCURS BEFORE 32 WEEKS HAVE ELAPSED. THE ABORTION YOU ARE CONSIDERING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD FOR BOTH OF THESE CONDITIONS AND ADDITIONAL ABORTIONS INCREASE RISKS. NOT HAVING THIS ABORTION CAN REDUCE MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY ASSOCIATED WITH PRETERM DELIVERIES.

PEER-REVIEWED MEDICAL RESEARCH HAS DOCUMENTED THAT THE ABORTION YOU ARE CONSIDERING INCREASES YOUR RISK IN A FUTURE PREGNANCY OF DEVELOPING A CONDITION CALLED “PLACENTA PREVIA,” A VERY DANGEROUS CONDITION IN WHICH THE PLACENTA HAS IMPLANTED ABNORMALLY LOW IN THE UTERINE CAVITY. PLACENTA PREVIA CAN BE POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC TO BOTH MOTHER AND BABY AS IT CARRIES THE RISK OF UNPREDICTABLE, SUDDEN, SEVERE HEMORRHAGE NECESSITATING AN EMERGENCY CESAREAN SECTION OPERATION AS LIFESAVING TREATMENT. VERY OFTEN THIS EMERGENCY OCCURS AT A PREMATURE GESTATIONAL AGE, INCREASING THE RISK THAT YOUR BABY WILL NOT SURVIVE OR WILL SURVIVE WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS. PLACENTA PREVIA IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF MATERNAL HEMORRHAGE, WHICH IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF MATERNAL DEATH. NOT HAVING AN INDUCED ABORTION REDUCES THESE RISK FACTORS IN FUTURE PREGNANCIES.

PLACENTA PREVIA IS ALSO A CAUSE AND RISK FACTOR FOR DEVELOPING “PLACENTA ACCRETA,” WHEREIN THE PLACENTA ATTACHES TOO DEEP THROUGH THE ENDOMETRIUM AND INTO THE MYOMETRIUM AND CAN EVEN EXTEND TO NEARBY ORGANS. PLACENTA ACCRETA OFTEN CAUSES SEVERE HEMORRHAGING, WHICH OFTEN REQUIRES SURGERY TO STEM THE BLEEDING AND FULLY REMOVE THE PLACENTA AND, IN SEVERE CASES, REQUIRES A HYSTERECTOMY AND CAN BE FATAL.

YOUR DECISION TO TERMINATE THIS PREGNANCY AND THE LIFE OF YOUR OWN CHILD COULD HAVE LIFE-THREATENING EFFECTS ON THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN.”


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