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Hawaii Informed Consent Bill (SB 2231)

This law was last updated on Aug 18, 2020




SB 2231




Jan 23, 2020

Full Bill Text

SB 2231 requires a physician or surgeon to check for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion and obtain informed consent from the patient to move forward with the procedure.

The bill provides an exception where abortion is necessary to save the life of the patient whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a condition that is connected to the pregnancy itself. This exception does not cover psychological or emotional considerations.


A physician or surgeon who performs the abortion must document that they checked for a fetal heartbeat, the result of that determination, and whether the mother was notified.

Relief Process

A physician or surgeon charged under this proposed law may seek a hearing before the board of medical examiners to determine whether performing the procedure was necessary to save the pregnant patient’s life.

Latest Action

1/23/20 – Introduced

1/27/20 – Referred to Committee

Primary Sponsor

Bob McDermott