Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-County of Fairfax–Part) introduced abortion legislation that would put Virginia on the map with one of the most permissive abortion policies in the nation.
Fortunately, the proposed legislation failed in committee.
If you have not seen the video, you can watch it here.
The Virginia proposed legislation would:
- eliminate current law, which requires that 2nd-trimester abortions be performed “in a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health or operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services.”
- eliminate the current requirement that “two consulting physicians certify” that a woman's mental or physical health would be impaired by abortion, leaving the abortionist to make the decision alone;
- eliminate the words “substantially and immediately” prior to “impair the mental or physical health of the woman,” which would, in effect, allow minor health reasons to justify an abortion;
- eliminate the ultrasound requirement and an opportunity for the woman to view the ultrasound;
- eliminate any waiting periods;
- eliminate the requirement for informed consent about the abortion procedure, including deleting from current law the requirement that a woman be provided “reasonable and comprehensible medical explanation of the nature, benefits, and risks of the alternatives to the proposed protocols to be followed in her particular case";
- eliminate the requirement that a woman be told the probable gestational age of her fetus; and
- eliminate classifying facilities that perform five or more abortions as hospitals for purposes of setting minimum safety standards.