Texas Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HB 1500)
This law was last updated on Feb 11, 2019
HB 1500 would prohibit a physician from performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant person if it has been determined that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat.
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.
The bill would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion without first determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. The bill would allow the state executive commissioner to adopt rules specifying the appropriate tests to be used in determining the presence of a fetal heartbeat based on standard medical practice.
A physician would be able to perform an abortion only in cases of medical emergency or if it has been determined that there is no detectable heartbeat. If there is a medical emergency, the physician would need to document it in the patient’s medical record.
A person who violates this provision would be guilty of a felony.
If a fetal heartbeat is detected, a physician would be required to inform the pregnant person in writing of the statistical probability of bringing the fetus to term.
The bill would require a physician to include fetal heartbeat information on each abortion report, including any abortion performed due to a medical emergency.
2/7/19 – Introduced.