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Massachusetts Fetal Pain Bill (H 2288)

This law was last updated on Apr 18, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




H 2288


Failed to Pass


Jan 23, 2017


Co-sponsors: 4
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 5


Fetal Tissue, Personhood

Full Bill Text

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.

Related Legislation

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