Kirk Cox believes that all life has value and is staunchly pro-life, a position he has held during his entire time in office. It is incumbent on all of us to look out for the most vulnerable, including the unborn.
During the 2019 General Assembly Session, legislation was introduced that would significantly loosen abortion restrictions on third-trimester abortions. The bill, House Bill 2491, gained significant attention nationwide, particularly on social media.
Kirk found the bill hearing and the subsequent remarks by the Governor supporting infanticide to be heartbreaking. He felt compelled to speak out against this bill and defend innocent life in a unique way. In what is expected to be the first speech of its kind in the General Assembly’s 400 year history, Speaker Cox temporarily vacated the dais and returned to the House floor to give a speech about the promise of life.
As Delegate, Kirk Cox will always stand up for the unborn. Being pro-life, however, is more than simply being anti-abortion. He will continue to oppose physician assisted suicide and will work tirelessly with colleagues to reform and modernize Virginia’s adoption and foster care laws.
Several pro-life bills considered during the 2019 General Assembly Session include:
HB 2491 Abortion; eliminate certain requirements. (Tran, D-42) Eliminates the requirement that an abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy and prior to the third trimester be performed in a hospital. The bill eliminates all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a woman's informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a woman's informed written consent be first obtained. The bill eliminates the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman's death or impairment of her mental or physical health, as well as the need to find that any such impairment to the woman's health would be substantial and irremediable. The bill also removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for hospitals. Status: Defeated in the House Committee for Court of Justice.
HB 1863 Abortion; informed written consent. (Rodman, D-73) Repeals the statutory requirements that a physician obtain a pregnant woman's informed written consent and perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging before performing an abortion. Status: Defeated in the House Committee for Court of Justice.
HB 2082 Birth control; definition. (Watts, D-39) Defines "birth control," for the purposes of the regulation of medicine, as contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provides that birth control shall not be considered abortion for the purposes of Title 18.2 (Crimes and Offenses Generally). Status: Defeated in the House Committee for Courts of Justice.
HB 2636 Dispensing of certain controlled substances and devices; limited license. (Simon, D-53) Authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to issue a limited license at a reduced fee to a prescriber in a nonprofit facility to dispense controlled substances and devices for contraception or treatment of sexually transmitted disease. Status: Defeated in the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions.
HB 2713 Death with Dignity Act; penalties. (Kory, D-38) Allows an adult who has been determined by an attending physician and consulting physician to be suffering from a terminal condition to request medication for the purpose of ending his life in a humane and dignified manner. The bill requires that a patient's request for medication to end his life be given orally on two occasions and in writing, signed by the patient and two witnesses, and that the patient be given an express opportunity to rescind his request. The bill requires that before a patient is prescribed medication to end his life, the attending physician must (i) confirm that the patient is making an informed decision; (ii) refer the patient to a capacity reviewer if the physician is uncertain as to whether the patient is making an informed decision; (iii) refer the patient to a consulting physician for confirmation or rejection of the attending physician's diagnosis; and (iv) inform the patient that he may rescind the request at any time. The bill provides that neither a patient's request for medication to end his life in a humane and dignified manner nor his act of ingesting such medication shall have any effect upon a life, health, or accident insurance policy or an annuity contract. The bill makes it a Class 2 felony (a) to willfully and deliberately alter, forge, conceal, or destroy a patient's request, or rescission of request, for medication to end his life with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death or (b) to coerce, intimidate, or exert undue influence on a patient to request medication for the purpose of ending his life or to destroy the patient's rescission of such request with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death. Finally, the bill grants immunity from civil or criminal liability and professional disciplinary action to any person who complies with the provisions of the bill and allows health care providers to refuse to participate in the provision of medication to a patient for the purpose of ending the patient's life. Status: Defeated in the House Committee for Courts of Justice
HB 1730 Foster care; security freeze on credit report. (Brewer, R-64) Requires local departments of social services to request the placement of a security freeze on the credit report or record of any child who has been in foster care for at least six months in order to prevent cases of identity theft and misuse of personal identifying information. Status: Passed House (99-Y 0-N) and Senate (39-Y 0-N) with amendment. Conference committee pending.
HB 2108 Foster care agreements, rights of foster parents, dispute resolution. (Bell, R-20) Establishes certain rights that shall be afforded to foster parents who enter into an agreement with a local board of social services or licensed child-placing agency for the placement and care of a foster child. The bill also sets forth a dispute resolution process through which a foster parent may file complaints regarding alleged violations of the agreement by the local board or licensed child-placing agency. Status: Passed House (99-Y 0-N) and Senate (40-Y 0-N)
HB 2208 Adoption by relative, expands the applicability of procedures. (Brewer, R-64) Expands the applicability of adoption procedures for a child's close relatives to all of the child's adult relatives, including blood relatives whether of the whole or half blood, stepparents, stepbrothers, or stepsisters. Status: Passed House (99-Y 0-N) and Senate (40-Y 0-N).