January 31, 2020

Bill to Repeal Virginia Abortion Regulations Passed by Lt. Governor's Tie-Breaking Vote

Virginia Senate Floor
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A Virginia bill designed to repeal several abortion regulations in the state was recently passed the Senate as a result of a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Senate Bill 733 repeals the rule that only doctors perform abortions. Under the new law, nurses and medical assistants will also be allowed to commit abortions. Additionally, abortionists will no longer be required to give women certain information about abortions or tell them about abortion alternatives. Finally, facilities which “perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month,” will no longer be considered "hospitals" under Virginia law. This allows abortion facilities to operate under lower safety and cleanliness standards.

The bill had already passed the House of Representatives. Once Gov. Ralph Northam signs it, it will become law.

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