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Virginia Bill Regarding Perinatal Hospice Information (HB 1182)

This law was last updated on Nov 5, 2018


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Virginia

Number

HB 1182

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 10, 2018

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Genetic Anomalies

Full Bill Text

lis.virginia.gov

HB 1182 would require health-care providers and the health department to provide information regarding perinatal hospice and palliative care services for pregnant people in cases in which the fetus is diagnosed with a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth.

Health Department

The bill would require the health department to provide and maintain a website containing information about public and private agencies providing perinatal hospice and palliative care services, including the types of services and the contact information for the providers of such services, to a pregnant person in cases in which the fetus is diagnosed with a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth and a child is born with a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life.

The website must use enhanced, userfriendly search capabilities to ensure that information required by this provision is easily accessible and must be searchable by keywords and phrases. Specifically, search results from a search using the terms “abortion” and “fetal anomaly” must return information regarding perinatal hospice and palliative care services.

Such information must also be made available in writing, free of cost, to the public and must be provided to a pregnant person following diagnosis of the fetus with a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth

Health-Care Providers

The bill would require health-care providers to provide a pregnant person who has received such a fetal diagnosis with geographically indexed materials prepared by the Department of Health that are designed to inform the pregnant person of public and private agencies providing perinatal hospice and palliative care services available to them if they choose to continue the pregnancy.

This would not apply in cases in which an abortion is performed on the pregnant person due to a medical emergency.

Reporting Requirements

The bill would require health-care providers annually report the following:

  • the number of pregnant people to whom such information was provided;
  • the number of pregnant people to whom such information was provided as part of a referral for abortion, including how the information was provided;
  • the number of pregnant people who sought and received printed information regarding perinatal hospice and palliative care services, including the number of pregnant people on whom an abortion was subsequently performed; and
  • the number of cases in which the information required was not provided to the pregnant person due to the need to perform the abortion immediately to avert death or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant person.

Penalties

Any health-care provider who fails to provide the required information (except in the case of a medical emergency) or to make a report, would be subject to a $2,500 civil penalty.


People

Primary Sponsor