Supporters of HB 2491, like NARAL Virginia, claim it would ” repeal many of Virginia’s burdensome TRAP restrictions, as well as removing some medically-unnecessary requirements currently placed upon Virginians seeking abortion care.”
When reading the fine print of the bill, it stipulates anything but women’s rights.
Eliminates the requirement that an abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy and prior to the third trimester be performed in a hospital. The bill eliminates all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a woman’s informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a woman’s informed written consent be first obtained. The bill eliminates the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman’s death or impairment of her mental or physical health, as well as the need to find that any such impairment to the woman’s health would be substantial and irremediable. The bill also removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for hospitals.
With respect to late-term abortion, this bill would permit it by eliminating “the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman’s death or impairment of her mental or physical health.”
The bill is called the Repeal Act because it would remove all existing restrictions on abortion in Virginia. That includes permitting abortion in the last three months of pregnancy, eliminating informed-consent and clinic-safety requirements, permitting late-term abortions to be performed in outpatient clinics, and removing pro-life initiatives such as ultrasound requirements and the state’s 24-hour waiting period. It has the backing of Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northam.
In wake of New York passing late-term abortion, medical doctors have chimed in on Twitter saying this medically invasive procedure isn’t warranted or ethical in the third trimester of pregnancy:
After video with Delegate Tran testifying in favor of late-term abortions in support of her bill surfaced, she has since deleted her tweets and account:
There is good news: two equivalent bills, SB 1451, and HB 21491, died in the Senate Committee on Education and Health and House Committee on Courts of Justice Subcommittee #4, respectively, last week.
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