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Pennsylvania Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HB 2315)

This law was last updated on May 9, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Pennsylvania

Number

HB 2315

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

May 2, 2018

Topics

Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.pa.us

HB 2315 would prohibit the performance of an abortion from the time a fetus has a detectable heartbeat.


A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy—two weeks after a woman’s first missed period—and well before many women even realize that they are pregnant.


Prior to an abortion, the physician would be required to conduct a physical examination of the pregnant person and the fetus to determine if there is a fetal heartbeat present. The bill states that the physician should utilize their “best clinical judgment” to determine whether or not a fetal heartbeat is present. If a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician would be prohibited from performing the abortion.


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