Entries by Zack Pruitt

Personhood at Fertilization (SB 743 / HB 895)

BILL SUMMARY Declares that life begins at conception and all the rights of personhood attach at that point. BILL ANALYSIS This bill would not 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. BILL SPONSORS Beavers in the Senate, […]

Fetal Heartbeat Bill (SB 244 / HB 108)

BILL SUMMARY Also known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, it bans abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. BILL ANALYSIS 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 […]

20-Week Abortion Ban Bill (SB 766/ HB 101)

BILL SUMMARY Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks with exceptions for the life and health of the mother. BILL ANALYSIS Sixteen states currently ban abortion after 20 weeks. It is questionable whether this would survive a constitutional challenge under existing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally, is considered to […]

Contraceptive Drugs Coverage (SB 1142 / HB 721)

BILL SUMMARY Requires that every group health insurance policy, to the extent not preempted by federal law, have coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the FDA. BILL ANALYSIS This is very similar to the Obamacare mandate on contraception, which resulted in a lawsuit from the Little Sisters of the Poor. The bill […]