Massachusetts Fetal Pain Bill (H 2288)
This law was last updated on Apr 18, 2019
H 2288 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 mother refuses the procedure.
This legislation is based on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.
Similar to H 1930, which failed to pass in 2013.