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HB 1037 - Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks - Key Vote

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Eddie Williams voted Yea (Override of Veto) on this Legislation.

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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:

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

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks

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