Mississippi Medicaid Repealer Bill (HB 1481)
This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2018
Hb 1481 would extend repealers on various provisions relating to Medicaid. The bill would also amend current law regarding telemedicine, nurse practitioners, and abortion.
The bill would change the name of the “Women’s Health Protection and Preborn Pain Act” to the “Women’s Health Protection and Fetal Heartbeat Act.”
The bill would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion on a pregnant person if a fetal heartbeat has been detected, except in the case of a medical emergency.
Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
The bill would require a physician who intends to perform an abortion on a pregnant person to first determine if there is the presence of a fetal heartbeat by using an abdominal ultrasound imaging procedure. A person who fails to first determine if a heartbeat is detected would be charged with a felony.
The bill would prohibit a person from knowingly performing an abortion on a pregnant patient carrying a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, unless it was necessary to prevent the death of a pregnant patient.