Virginia Bill Regarding the Disposition of Fetal Remains (HB 970)
This law was last updated on Nov 19, 2018
HB 970 would require all hospitals that perform five or more first trimester abortions per month, as well as any other health care provider that provides abortion services, to dispose of fetal remains by burial or cremation.
The bill would also make it illegal to “give, offer to give, or accept” the transfer of fetal remains for any reason other than the purposes of conducting an investigation of a death or for burial or cremation. This would ultimately ban fetal tissue donation and research.
Anyone who violates this provision would be guilty of a Class 4 felony.