Virginia Sex-Selective Abortion Ban 2013 (HB 1316)
This law was last updated on Oct 17, 2014
HB 1316 would have prohibited a person from intentionally performing an abortion with the knowledge that the abortion was being sought solely and exclusively on account of the sex of the fetus.
The law would have exempted procedures that, in the reasonable medical judgment of the physician, are necessary to prevent the death of the patient as long as the physician takes reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the infant.
The law would have prohibited prosecuting the pregnant woman for a violation of the law.
A violation of the law would have been a Class 4 felony.
Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to the proposed Wisconsin ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”
Identical to HB 98 which failed to pass in 2014.