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HB 1297 - Abortion Law Amendments - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Abortion Law Amendments

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (70-17) -

Title: Abortion Law Amendments

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (42-5) -

Title: Abortion Law Amendments

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (68-25) - (Key vote)

Title: Abortion Law Amendments

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that provides further regulations concerning abortions.

Highlights:
  • Expands the definition of "abortion" to include using or prescribing medicine or drugs with the intent of terminating a pregnancy (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the state Department of Health to publish materials that contain, but are not limited to, the following information (Sec. 2):
    • That it is illegal for an individual to coerce a woman into undergoing an abortion;
    • That if a minor is denied financial support by her family on the basis of her refusal to undergo an abortion, then she is eligible for public assistance benefits;
    • That there are many public and private agencies that provide assistance with pregnancies and child care;
    • Descriptions of the legal obligations of a child's father, including child support payments and health insurance;
    • Descriptions of the physical development, including the brain and heart function, for the stages of fetal development; and
    • Descriptions of the various surgical and drug-induced methods of abortion, as well as the long-term medical risks associated with each abortion method and possible psychological effects.
  • Specifies that a person who intentionally causes the death of a fetus born alive is guilty of a class AA felony, whereas under existing law an individual that knowingly or negligently causes the death of a fetus born alive is guilty of a class C felony (Sec. 9).
  • Prohibits a state agency or a person acting in an official capacity as an employee or agent of a school district from having any part in materials or programs that give preference to abortion over normal childbirth (Secs. 11 & 13).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SECOND READING VOTE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL AND ADVANCE IT TO THE THIRD READING IN WHICH AN UP-OR-DOWN VOTE FOR PASSAGE WILL OCCUR ONLY IF VOTES CHANGE OR THE THIRD READING OCCURS ON A DIFFERENT LEGISLATIVE DAY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Abortion Law Amendments

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