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SB 134 - Prohibits Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected - Key Vote

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Legislation - Veto Override Passed (House) (56-33) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that prohibits an abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the performance of an abortion if the fetus possesses a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient; 
    • The continuation of the pregnancy will result in the impairment of a major bodily function of the patient;
    • The abortion is necessary due to the existence of a lethal fetal disorder; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Requires the physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound on the patient prior to performing an abortion to detect the presence of a fetal heartbeat (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the physician to inform the patient in writing if a fetal heartbeat is detected, and requires the patient to sign a form acknowledging that the abortion is prohibited (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the bill does not subject the patient to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty (Sec. 1).
Note:

NOTE: A SIMPLE MAJORITY IS REQUIRED TO OVERRIDE A GOVERNOR'S VETO.

Legislation - Veto Override Passed (Senate) (20-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that prohibits an abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the performance of an abortion if the fetus possesses a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient; 
    • The continuation of the pregnancy will result in the impairment of a major bodily function of the patient;
    • The abortion is necessary due to the existence of a lethal fetal disorder; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Requires the physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound on the patient prior to performing an abortion to detect the presence of a fetal heartbeat (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the physician to inform the patient in writing if a fetal heartbeat is detected, and requires the patient to sign a form acknowledging that the abortion is prohibited (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the bill does not subject the patient to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty (Sec. 1).
Note:

NOTE: A SIMPLE MAJORITY IS REQUIRED TO OVERRIDE A GOVERNOR'S VETO.

Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (26-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that prohibits an abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the performance of an abortion if the fetus possesses a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient; 
    • The continuation of the pregnancy will result in the impairment of a major bodily function of the patient;
    • The abortion is necessary due to the existence of a lethal fetal disorder; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Requires the physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound on the patient prior to performing an abortion to detect the presence of a fetal heartbeat (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the physician to inform the patient in writing if a fetal heartbeat is detected, and requires the patient to sign a form acknowledging that the abortion is prohibited (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the bill does not subject the patient to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (68-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits an abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the performance of an abortion if the fetus possesses a detectable heartbeat and is at least 12 weeks gestation, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient; 
    • The continuation of the pregnancy will result in the impairment of a major bodily function of the patient;
    • The abortion is necessary due to the existence of a lethal fetal disorder; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Requires the physician to perform an abdominal ultrasound on the patient prior to performing an abortion to detect the presence of a fetal heartbeat (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the physician to inform the patient in writing if a fetal heartbeat is detected, and requires the patient to sign a form acknowledging that the abortion is prohibited (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the bill does not subject the patient to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (26-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits an abortion from being performed if a fetal heartbeat is detected, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an abortion from being performed if a fetal heartbeat is detected, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient; or
    • The pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
  • Requires an individual who is authorized to perform abortions under state law to perform a test on an abortion patient to determine if a fetal heartbeat is present prior to performing an abortion (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the bill does not prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a measure, drug, or chemical designed for contraceptive purposes (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill by an abortion provider as a Class D felony (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

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