HB 1473

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2017 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Dec 12, 2016
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty.


Creates the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (the Act). The Act prohibits an abortion after 20 weeks' gestation unless, in reasonable medical judgment, the mother has a condition that so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion to avert her death or to avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function. When an abortion is not prohibited post-20 weeks' gestation, and if the woman elects to have an abortion, the physician is required to terminate the pregnancy in a manner that would provide the unborn child the best opportunity to survive. The bill punishes performance of an abortion in violation of the Act as a Class 4 felony. The bill also provides for civil remedies against a physician who performs an abortion in violation of the Act.

Bill Sponsors (47)

Richard L. Anderson


William J. Howell


James P. "Jimmie" Massie, III


John M. O'Bannon, III



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Feb 07, 2017

Virginia General Assembly

Left in Courts of Justice

Dec 12, 2016

Virginia General Assembly

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100649D

Virginia General Assembly

Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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