Illinois Bill Redefining ‘Viability’ to Include the Existence of a Fetal Heartbeat (HB 2462)
This law was last updated on Apr 9, 2019
HB 2462 would define “viability” to include when, in the medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case, the fetus has a heartbeat.
Current state law prohibits abortions once a fetus is considered viable—around 23-24 weeks gestation—except in cases of risks to the life or health of the pregnant person.
The bill would effectively ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy—two weeks after a person’s first missed period—and well before many people even realize that they are pregnant.
Related to HB 2384, which would ban abortion once a fetus is considered viable, except in certain cases of medical emergency.
2/13/19 – Introduced.