RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1428, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell, had passed in the House of Delegates Yesterday, January 26, 2011.
House Bill 1428 would require all abortion clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Board of Health. It defines abortion clinic as any facility other than a hospital or ambulatory surgery center in which 25 or more first-trimester abortions are performed in any 12 month period.
“I am thrilled to see House Bill 1428 pass in the House of Delegates,” said Delegate Bell. “I believe this bill is vital to ensuring the health and safety of women across the Commonwealth. I am hopeful that this bill will gain support, and that the Senate will move forward with passage.”
The bill was heard first in Health, Welfare, and Institutions subcommittee 3, where it reported out with a vote of 4-3. It then moved to the full committee of Health, Welfare, and Institutions where it reported out with a vote of 15-6. Yesterday, it passed the House of Delegates with a vote of 66 to 33. It will now continue to the State Senate.
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham Counties, and the City of Staunton.