Ultrasound Informed-Consent Law

February 15, 2014 News

Earlier this week, legislation (SB 617) to repeal Virginia’s ultrasound informed-consent law passed the Senate due to a procedural fluke, even though the majority of Senate members actually oppose the bill. Now, though, we can stop this bill in the House, but we need your help. A House subcommittee will hear the bill tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. Between now and then, please click here and take action to urge your Delegate to oppose this bill and defend our state’s pro-life laws.

The requirement in current law – that a trans-abdominal ultrasound be performed prior to an abortion – is needed to determine gestational age and to ensure that the mother has the opportunity to see her child and hear the heartbeat prior to making a life-and-death decision. SB 617 cannot be allowed to advance any farther because it would strip away this essential informed-consent provision that the Virginia Catholic Conference and other pro-life advocates fought so hard to enact just two years ago. Stop SB 617 in its tracks!

In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.