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HB 954 - Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (36-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective January 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a “probable gestational age” of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The pregnancy is “medically futile;”
    • The abortion is necessary to avert the death or serious physical injury or impairment of the pregnant woman; or
    • The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the fetus.
  • Prohibits physicians from using the mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman as a basis for determining the necessity of an abortion (Secs. 2 & 5).
  • Requires a physician to perform the abortion in a manner which will provide the best opportunity for the fetus to survive unless termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of death or injury to the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “probable gestational age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “medically futile” as, in the judgment of the attending physician, a congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with life (Sec. 3).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (106-59) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective January 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a “probable gestational age” of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The pregnancy is “medically futile;”
    • The abortion is necessary to avert the death or serious physical injury or impairment of the pregnant woman; or
    • The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the fetus.
  • Prohibits physicians from using the mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman as a basis for determining the necessity of an abortion (Secs. 2 & 5).
  • Requires a physician to perform the abortion in a manner which will provide the best opportunity for the fetus to survive unless termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of death or injury to the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “probable gestational age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “medically futile” as, in the judgment of the attending physician, a congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with life (Sec. 3).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Failed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (36-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective January 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a “probable gestational age” of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The pregnancy is “medically futile;”
    • The abortion is necessary to avert the death or serious physical injury or impairment of the pregnant woman; or
    • The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the fetus.
  • Prohibits physicians from using the mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman as a basis for determining whether or not a medical emergency exists (Secs. 2 & 4).
  • Requires a physician to perform the abortion in a manner which will provide the best opportunity for the fetus to survive unless termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of death or injury to the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “probable gestational age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “medically futile” as, in the judgment of the attending physician, a congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with life (Sec. 3).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (102-65) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective January 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the performance of an abortion if the probable gestational age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more (Sec. 2).
  • Requires a physician to determine the probable gestational age of a fetus before performing an abortion (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes an abortion after 20 weeks in the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The abortion is necessary to avert the death of the pregnant woman;
    • The abortion is necessary to avert serious physical injury or impairment of the pregnant woman; or
    • The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the fetus.
  • Requires a physician to perform the abortion in a manner which will provide the best opportunity for the fetus to survive unless termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of death or injury to the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits physicians from using the mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman as a basis for determining whether or not a medical emergency exists (Secs. 2 & 4).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as any condition which requires an immediate abortion in order to avert the death of a pregnant woman, or for which a delay will create a serious risk of substantial or irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman or death of the fetus (Sec. 4).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks

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