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Minnesota Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (SF 869)

This law was last updated on Apr 16, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Minnesota

Number

SF 869

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Feb 7, 2019

Topics

Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

www.revisor.mn.gov

SF 869 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.


Related Legislation

Companion bill to HF 271.

Identical to HF 2101/SF 2245.

Identical to HF 4524/SF 4109, which failed to pass in 2018.


Latest Action

2/7/19 – Introduced; referred to Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.


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