Massachusetts Bill Requiring the Use of Anesthesia on a Fetus Prior to an Abortion (H 3322)
This law was last updated on Apr 18, 2019
H 3322 would require physicians to anesthetize the fetus prior to performing certain abortions for the purpose of preventing fetal pain.
The bill contains the following exceptions:
- Risk to the life of the pregnant person, or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant person, if anesthesia is administered to the fetus;
- If the pregnancy has not reached 20 weeks gestation; or
- The pregnant person refuses the procedure.
This legislation is based on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.
Identical to H 2288, which failed to pass during the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Similar to H 1930, which failed to pass in 2013.
1/22/19 – Introduced; referred to Joint Judiciary Committee.