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.
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.