Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 1473)

This law was last updated on Jul 11, 2017


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Virginia

Number

HB 1473

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Dec 12, 2016

Topics

20-Week Bans, Later Abortion

Full Bill Text

lis.virginia.gov

HB 1473 would ban abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization unless, in the physician’s reasonable medical judgment, an abortion is necessary to avert the patient’s death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, other than a psychological condition.

The bill states that an abortion does not become necessary if the risk of death or a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function arises from a claim or diagnosis that the woman will engage in conduct that may result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

The bill also states that an abortion performed after 20 weeks must be performed in a manner that provides the best opportunity for the “unborn child” to survive, unless in the physician’s reasonable medical judgment, termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of death or substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function than would another method. No such greater risk would exist if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman will engage in conduct which will result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function.

A violation of the provision would be a Class 4 felony.

Related Legislation

Based on model legislation drafted by the National Right to Life Committee.

Similar to HB 936 and HB 2321, both of which failed to pass in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 


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