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HB 1037 - Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks - Key Vote

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Legislation - Veto Override Passed (Senate) (19-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a probable post-fertilization age of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • A medical emergency; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Defines “probable post-fertilization age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as a condition for which a delay to determine the post-fertilization age of the fetus may result in the death or serious injury of the pregnant woman (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a medical emergency does not include a condition based on a claim or diagnosis that a pregnant woman intends to engage in conduct which may result in her death or serious injury (Sec. 1).
  • 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 poses a greater risk of death or serious injury of the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion to report the abortion to the Department of Health (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill by a physician as a Class D felony (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the father of the fetus or the patient upon whom the abortion was performed in violation of this bill to file a civil action against the physician who performed the abortion (Sec 1).
Note:

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

Legislation - Veto Override Passed (House) (53-28) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a probable post-fertilization age of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • A medical emergency; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Defines “probable post-fertilization age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as a condition for which a delay to determine the post-fertilization age of the fetus may result in the death or serious injury of the pregnant woman (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a medical emergency does not include a condition based on a claim or diagnosis that a pregnant woman intends to engage in conduct which may result in her death or serious injury (Sec. 1).
  • 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 poses a greater risk of death or serious injury of the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion to report the abortion to the Department of Health (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill by a physician as a Class D felony (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the father of the fetus or the patient upon whom the abortion was performed in violation of this bill to file a civil action against the physician who performed the abortion (Sec 1).
Note:

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

Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (80-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a probable post-fertilization age of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • A medical emergency; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Defines “probable post-fertilization age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as a condition for which a delay to determine the post-fertilization age of the fetus may result in the death or serious injury of the pregnant woman (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a medical emergency does not include a condition based on a claim or diagnosis that a pregnant woman intends to engage in conduct which may result in her death or serious injury (Sec. 1).
  • 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 poses a greater risk of death or serious injury of the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion to report the abortion to the Department of Health (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill by a physician as a Class D felony (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the father of the fetus or the patient upon whom the abortion was performed in violation of this bill to file a civil action against the physician who performed the abortion (Sec 1). 
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (25-7) - (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 immediately.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits abortions after a physician has determined that a fetus has reached a probable post-fertilization age of 20 weeks except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • A medical emergency; or
    • The pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
  • Defines “probable post-fertilization age” as the age of the fetus since fertilization as determined by “reasonable” medical judgment (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “medical emergency” as a condition for which a delay to determine the post-fertilization age of the fetus may result in the death or serious injury of the pregnant woman (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a medical emergency does not include a condition based on a claim or diagnosis that a pregnant woman intends to engage in conduct which may result in her death or serious injury (Sec. 1).
  • 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 poses a greater risk of death or serious injury of the pregnant woman than another available method (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion to report the abortion to the Department of Health (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill by a physician as a Class D felony (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the father of the fetus or the patient upon whom the abortion was performed in violation of this bill to file a civil action against the physician who performed the abortion (Sec 1). 
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (75-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Project Vote Smart staff and volunteers are working hard to produce a clear and accurate summary of the contents of the bill. At this time, we have posted the voting record for HB 1037 so you can see how the office holder representing you has voted on this piece of legislation. We will have a detailed summary available as soon as possible.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

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