Use quotes to search for exact phrases. Use AND/OR/NOT between keywords or phrases for more precise search results.

Mississippi Heartbeat Ban (SB 2807)

This law was last updated on Oct 6, 2014


State

Mississippi

Number

SB 2807

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 20, 2014

Sponsors

Bill Authors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

billstatus.ls.state.ms.us

SB 2807 would have prohibited a person from performing of an abortion on a pregnant woman if a fetal heartbeat has been detected and the fetus is twelve weeks or greater gestation.

The law states that a person would not have violated this provision if the person:

  1. Performs a medical procedure designed to or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant woman or in reasonable medical judgment to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or
  2. Has undertaken an examination for the presence of a heartbeat in the fetus utilizing standard medical practice; and
  3. The examination does not reveal a heartbeat; or
  4. Has been informed by a medical professional who has undertaken the examination for fetal heartbeat that the examination did not reveal a fetal heartbeat.

The law also states that the law would not have applied to:

  1. An abortion performed to save the life of the mother;
  2. A pregnancy that results from rape or incest; or
  3. A “medical emergency.”

“Medical emergency” means a condition when an abortion is necessary:

  1. To preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman; or
  2. Due to the existence of a highly lethal fetal disorder as defined by the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.

This bill would not have subjected the pregnant woman to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty; or prohibited the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a measure, drug, or chemical designed for contraceptive purposes.

A violation of this provision would have lead to the revocation of the physician’s medical license.


People

Bill Author