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HB 1196 - Additional Requirements for Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (77-37) - (Key vote)

Title: Additional Requirements for Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected except under certain circumstances, effective July 1, 2012.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits any person from performing an abortion before he or she determines if the “unborn human individual” the woman is carrying has a detectable fetal heartbeat (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “unborn human individual” as an individual organism of the species homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts abortions performed as a result of a medical emergency from the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as a condition that, in the physician's good-faith medical judgment, based upon the facts known to the physician at that time, so endangers the life of the pregnant woman or a major bodily function of the pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate performance or inducement of an abortion (Sec. 1).  
  • Authorizes the State Board of Health to promote rules for the appropriate methods of detecting an unborn individual’s fetal heartbeat based on standard medical practice (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the person performing the abortion to inform the pregnant woman of the following within 24 hours if a fetal heartbeat has been detected (Sec. 1):
    • That the fetus has a detectable heartbeat; and
    • The statistical probability of bringing the fetus to term based on its gestational age.
  • Requires the pregnant women to sign a form acknowledging that she has received the information required by this bill no later than 24 hours before the abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that performing an abortion before determining if the fetus has a detectable fetal heartbeat is grounds for the non-issuance, suspension, revocation or restriction of a license or the denial of reinstatement or renewal of a license (Sec. 2).
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 - Introduced (House) -

Title: Additional Requirements for Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected

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