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SB 1274 - Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (75-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires abortion providers to inform women of their right to hear the heartbeat of the fetus prior to having an abortion.

Highlights:
  • Establishes that abortion providers must inform the pregnant woman prior to an abortion being performed that the fetal heartbeat may be made audible at least 8 weeks after fertilization (Sec. 4).
  • Establishes that the pregnant woman may choose to hear the fetal heartbeat and requires that the abortion provider attempt to make the fetal heartbeat audible (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts from the provisions of this bill abortions provided to save the life of the mother or in cases of emergency (Sec. 5):
    • Abortion providers must include the medical certification of the emergency in the patient’s file. 
  • Specifies that abortion providers who violate this bill shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (Sec. 6).  
  • Authorizes the following individuals to sue an abortion provider that violates the provisions of this bill (Sec. 6):
    • The woman upon whom the abortion was performed or father of the fetus;
    • The spouse, sibling, parent or legal guardian of the woman upon whom the abortion was performed;
    • A current or former health care provider of the woman upon whom the abortion was performed;
    • A district attorney; or
    • The Attorney General.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (34-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires abortion providers to inform women of their right to hear the heartbeat of the fetus prior to having an abortion.

Highlights:
  • Establishes that abortion providers must inform the pregnant woman prior to an abortion being performed that the fetal heartbeat may be made audible at least 8 weeks after fertilization (Sec. 4).
  • Establishes that the pregnant woman may choose to hear the fetal heartbeat and requires that the abortion provider attempt to make the fetal heartbeat audible (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts from the provisions of this bill abortions provided to save the life of the mother or in cases of emergency (Sec. 5):
    • Abortion providers must include the medical certification of the emergency in the patient’s file. 
  • Specifies that abortion providers who violate this bill shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (Sec. 6).  
  • Authorizes the following individuals to sue an abortion provider that violates the provisions of this bill (Sec. 6):
    • The woman upon whom the abortion was performed or father of the fetus;
    • The spouse, sibling, parent or legal guardian of the woman upon whom the abortion was performed;
    • A current or former health care provider of the woman upon whom the abortion was performed;
    • A district attorney; or
    • The Attorney General.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat

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