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Virginia Senate approves bill to prevent surrogates from being forced to abort multiples
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Virginia Senate approves bill to prevent surrogates from being forced to abort multiples

The Virginia Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would prevent surrogates from either being required to or prohibited from aborting multiples in their surrogacy contracts.

The bill passed through the House of Delegates in January, and the Virginia Senate proposed an amendment that will see it sent back to the House for final approval.

With the amendment from the Virginia Senate, the bill reads: “Any contract provision requiring [or prohibiting] an abortion or selective reduction is against the public policy of the Commonwealth and is void and unenforceable.”

This bill ultimately adds a provision to Virginia’s law §20-163, “Miscellaneous provisions related to all surrogacy contracts.” Provisions already included in the law include protections allowing the surrogate to marry without any impact on the validity of the surrogacy contract, delegations of the responsibility for clinical pregnancy management to the surrogate, and clarifications on the timeline of when assisted conception constitutes a resulting pregnancy and birth.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Mark Peake and cosponsored by Senator David Suetterlein.