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2012 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Dec. 14, 2012 MI HB 5711 Increases Requirements on Facilities that Provide Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
Dec. 14, 2012 MI HB 5711 Increases Requirements on Facilities that Provide Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (72 - 35)
Aug. 27, 2012 CA AB 2348 Authorizes Registered Nurses to Dispense Contraceptives Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 28)
Aug. 27, 2012 CA AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 26)
Aug. 22, 2012 CA AB 2348 Authorizes Registered Nurses to Dispense Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Aug. 22, 2012 CA AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
July 31, 2012 National HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Failed - House (220 - 154)
June 27, 2012 NH HB 1679 Prohibits Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 5)
June 27, 2012 NH HB 1679 Prohibits Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Veto Override Passed - House (240 - 118)
June 27, 2012 NH HB 217 Prohibits Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Veto Override Failed - House (201 - 126)
June 21, 2012 NJ S 1599 Amends Surrogacy Laws Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
June 7, 2012 National HR 5855 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 Bill Passed - House (234 - 182)
May 31, 2012 LA SB 708 Amends Abortion Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 3)
May 31, 2012 National HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Bill Failed - House (246 - 168)
May 31, 2012 NJ S 1599 Amends Surrogacy Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
May 30, 2012 NH HB 217 Prohibits Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (210 - 108)
May 16, 2012 NH HB 217 Prohibits Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
May 8, 2012 AL SB 10 Prohibits Insurance from Providing Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - House (76 - 28)
May 7, 2012 KS SB 313 Prohibits Certain Abortion-Related Tax Credits Bill Passed - House (88 - 31)
April 27, 2012 TN SB 3310 Requires Abstinence-Centered Sex Education in Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 23)
April 27, 2012 CO SM 3 Urges Congress to Authorize Religious Exemptions to Providing Birth Control Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 20)
April 25, 2012 AZ HB 2625 Authorizes Employers to Refuse to Provide Coverage for Contraception Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 9)
April 25, 2012 NH HB 1679 Prohibits Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 5)
April 24, 2012 TN HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
April 24, 2012 AZ HB 2800 Prohibits State Funding for Abortion Providers Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
April 23, 2012 MN HF 2341 Requires Physicians to Administer Abortion Drugs In Person Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 25)
April 20, 2012 MN SF 1921 Increases Requirements for Abortion Providers Bill Passed - House (80 - 47)
April 19, 2012 AZ HB 2625 Authorizes Employers to Refuse to Provide Coverage for Contraception Conference Report Adopted - House (36 - 21)
April 19, 2012 OK SB 1274 Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat Bill Passed - House (75 - 12)
April 18, 2012 MN SF 1921 Increases Requirements for Abortion Providers Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 23)
April 18, 2012 MN HF 2341 Requires Physicians to Administer Abortion Drugs In Person Bill Passed - House (80 - 48)
April 12, 2012 AZ HB 2625 Authorizes Employers to Refuse to Provide Coverage for Contraception Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
April 12, 2012 IA S 5206 Prohibits State Funding For Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 25)
April 11, 2012 NE LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
April 10, 2012 AZ HB 2036 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 22)
April 10, 2012 MS SB 2771 Expands Penalties for Child Homicide Bill Passed - House (83 - 34)
March 29, 2012 GA HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 19)
March 29, 2012 GA HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - House (106 - 59)
March 29, 2012 KS SB 62 Authorizes Medical Professionals and Facilities to Not Provide Referrals for Abortions or Sterilizations Bill Passed - House (95 - 29)
March 29, 2012 TN HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
March 29, 2012 IL Amendment No. 4 Requires Physicians to Provide Information About Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 68)
March 29, 2012 MO SB 749 Authorizes Employers to Exempt Contraception from Healthcare Coverage (26 - 5)
March 29, 2012 MO HB 1541 Provides Exemptions on Participating in Certain Medical Procedures. Bill Passed - House (113 - 41)
March 29, 2012 NH HB 1660 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (190 - 109)
March 29, 2012 MO HB 1541 Provides Exemptions on Participating in Certain Medical Procedures. Bill Passed - House (113 - 41)
March 28, 2012 NH HB 1659 Requires a 24 Hour Waiting Period Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - House (185 - 138)
March 28, 2012 AZ HB 2625 Authorizes Employers to Refuse to Provide Coverage for Contraception Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 17)
March 27, 2012 AZ HB 2036 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
March 26, 2012 GA HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
March 26, 2012 VA Saslaw Amdt Requires Reimbursement of the Full Cost of Ultrasounds Required Prior to Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 20)
March 23, 2012 ID SJM 104 Urging Congress to Repeal Insurance Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 16)
March 19, 2012 CO HB 1130 Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Bill Passed - House (33 - 32)
March 19, 2012 ID S 1387 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
March 15, 2012 MS HB 790 Regulates Certain Drugs Used for Abortion Bill Passed - House (78 - 35)
March 14, 2012 MS HB 1196 Additional Requirements for Abortion if Fetal Heartbeat Detected Bill Passed - House (77 - 37)
March 14, 2012 NH HB 1679 Prohibits Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Bill Passed - House (224 - 110)
March 13, 2012 WI SB 92 Prohibits Abortion Coverage through Healthcare Insurance Exchanges Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
March 13, 2012 WI SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
March 13, 2012 MS HB 1390 Establishes Additional Requirements for Physicians who Perform Abortions Bill Passed - House (80 - 37)
March 13, 2012 MI HB 4799 Prohibits Coercing a Woman into Having an Abortion Bill Passed - House (72 - 37)
March 7, 2012 GA SB 438 Prohibits State Employee Insurance Coverage of Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 18)
March 7, 2012 NH HB 1546 Authorizes Employers to Not Provide Contraception Coverage in Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - House (196 - 150)
March 7, 2012 GA SB 460 Exempts Religious Employers from Insurance Requirements for Coverage of Contraception Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
March 6, 2012 UT HB 363 Requires Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
March 6, 2012 AZ SB 1359 Prohibits Wrongful Birth Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
March 6, 2012 OK SB 1274 Requires physicians inform abortion patients of fetal heartbeat Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 8)
March 5, 2012 UT HB 461 Requires a 72 hour waiting period prior to an abortion Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
March 5, 2012 AZ HB 2800 Prohibits State Funding for Abortion Providers Bill Passed - House (41 - 17)
March 1, 2012 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 35)
March 1, 2012 FL HB 277 Prohibits Abortions During the Third Trimester Bill Passed - House (78 - 33)
March 1, 2012 AZ HB 2625 Authorizes Employers to Refuse to Provide Coverage for Contraception Bill Passed - House (39 - 18)
Feb. 29, 2012 GA HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (102 - 65)
Feb. 28, 2012 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 28, 2012 WY HJR 7 Requests the President to Repeal the Rule Requiring Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (40 - 17)
Feb. 22, 2012 VA SB 484 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
Feb. 22, 2012 UT HB 363 Requires Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (45 - 28)
Feb. 22, 2012 WI SB 306 Requires Physicians Performing Abortions to Determine if the Woman's Consent is Voluntary Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
Feb. 22, 2012 NH HR 29 Urges Repeal of Rule Requiring Health Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives Resolution Passed - House (227 - 121)
Feb. 15, 2012 OK SB 1433 Defines life as beginning at conception Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 8)
Feb. 15, 2012 OK SB 1433 Defines life as beginning at conception Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 8)
Feb. 14, 2012 KY SB 103 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
Feb. 14, 2012 KY SB 103 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
Feb. 14, 2012 VA HB 1 Defines Life as Beginning at Conception Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
Feb. 14, 2012 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
Feb. 13, 2012 WA HB 2330 Requires Health Insurers to Cover Abortion Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
Feb. 8, 2012 KY SB 102 Specifies Conditions for Informed Consent Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
Feb. 8, 2012 KY SB 102 Specifies Conditions for Informed Consent Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
Feb. 3, 2012 VA HB 62 Prohibits State Funding for Abortion Bill Passed - House (64 - 35)
Feb. 1, 2012 VA SB 484 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Jan. 18, 2012 NH HB 228 Prohibits the Use of Public Funds for Abortion Bill Passed - House (207 - 147)
Jan. 4, 2012 NH HB 217 Prohibits Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Bill Passed - House (213 - 125)

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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