Virginia

Virginia’s anti-choice legislature bans safe abortion procedures. The state renders any abortion procedure that falls within a broad definition a felony, unless necessary to prevent a woman's death and the physician takes every step to attempt to preserve the life and health of the fetus. Virginia prohibits abortion after the second trimester unless the attending physician and two other physicians certify in writing that continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the woman's death or "substantially and irremediably impair" the woman's physical or mental health. Measures for life support "must be available and utilized if there is any clearly visible evidence of viability."

Restrictions: 
Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability
Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental)
Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion

Virginia

Enacted legislation:

Virginia’s anti-choice legislature bans safe abortion procedures. The state renders any abortion procedure that falls within a broad definition a felony, unless necessary to prevent a woman's death and the physician takes every step to attempt to preserve the life and health of the fetus. Virginia prohibits abortion after the second trimester unless the attending physician and two other physicians certify in writing that continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the woman's death or "substantially and irremediably impair" the woman's physical or mental health. Measures for life support "must be available and utilized if there is any clearly visible evidence of viability."

Pending legislation:

In December 2016, Virginia Representative Dave LaRock pre-filed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ post-fertilization. The bill contains narrow life and health exceptions and does not contain exceptions for mental health or pregnancies that result from rape or incest. To view the latest bill status, click here

Restrictions: Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability | Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental) | Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion