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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


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Massachusetts

Number

H 3322

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Jan 22, 2019

Sponsors

Co-sponsors: 1
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 2

Topics

Fetal Tissue, Personhood

Full Bill Text

malegislature.gov

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.


Related Legislation

Identical to H 2288, which failed to pass during the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Similar to H 1930, which failed to pass in 2013.


Latest Action

1/22/19 – Introduced; referred to Joint Judiciary Committee.


People

Co-sponsor

Primary Sponsor