Minnesota Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HF 271)
This law was last updated on Apr 16, 2019
HF 271 would prohibit the performance of an abortion when it has been determined that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat.
Except in the case of a medical emergency, a physician would be required to test a pregnant person to determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable before performing an abortion. In testing for a detectable heartbeat, the physician would be required to perform an abdominal ultrasound. If a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician would be prohibited from performing the abortion.
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.
A violation of this provision would be considered a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
Companion bill to SF 869.
1/22/19 – Introduced; referred to Health and Human Services Policy Committee.