December 16, 2016 News & Press Releases · Press Releases and Announcements

DPVA Statement on Virginia Republicans’ 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal

by Democratic Party of Virginia

"Virginia Republicans will stop at nothing to continue dictating women's personal and private decisions. This is exactly what happened in Ohio, but with a key difference: we have Governor McAuliffe, who has been a brick wall against attacks on women's health care. This illustrates the importance of electing another Democrat to the governor's mansion in 2017." - Emily Bolton, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia 


Virginia bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks

Associated Press
December 16, 2016

 A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with few exceptions, has been introduced to the Virginia House of Delegates.

The Staunton News Leader reports ( the bill is known as the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," or HB 1473, and will make its way to the House floor in January.

The law allows for an exception if the life of the mother is at risk, or if there is "serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

Violation of the law would be considered a Class 4 felony. The bill also provides for "civil remedies" against physicians should they perform abortions in violation of the act.