Also known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, it bans abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.
It is questionable whether this would survive a constitutional challenge under existing Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally, is considered to occur at 24 weeks.
Passage of the bill could result in a lawsuit that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court and provide a context in which Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
As amended, if an ultrasound is performed prior to an abortion, requires the reporting of certain information related to whether a heartbeat was detected and requires woman/patient be given the option to be informed of the results.
Pody in the Senate, Van Huss in the House
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Signed by the Governor 5/3/18. Public Chapter 862.