Massachusetts Fetal Pain Bill (H 1930)
This law was last updated on Mar 20, 2017
H 1930 would require physicians to anesthetize the fetus prior to performing certain abortions for the purpose of preventing fetal pain.
The bill contains the following exceptions:
- Risk to the life of the mother, or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the mother, if anesthesia is administered to the fetus;
- If the pregnancy has not reached 20 weeks gestation; or
- The mother refuses the procedure.
This legislation is based on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.