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Key Votes

HB 1 - Defines Life as Beginning at Conception - Key Vote

Virginia Key Votes




Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (66-32) - (Key vote)

Title: Defines Life as Beginning at Conception

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that defines a human life as beginning at conception.

  • Specifies that the life of each human begins at conception (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that all of the “rights, privileges, and immunities” available to other residents of Virginia also extend to any “unborn children,” subject to restrictions contained in the following (Sec. 1):
    • The Constitution of the United States;
    • Decisions of the United States Supreme Court; and
    • The laws and constitution of Virginia.


  • Specifies that the bill does not create a cause of action against a woman for indirectly harming an “unborn child” due to unsatisfactory personal or prenatal care (Sec. 1).


  • Defines “unborn children” as any offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts lawful assisted conception from the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Defines Life as Beginning at Conception



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