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Minnesota Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HF 271)

This law was last updated on Apr 16, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HF 271




Jan 22, 2019


Co-sponsors: 8
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 9


Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

HF 271 would prohibit the performance of an abortion when it has been determined that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat.

Except in the case of a medical emergency, a physician would be required to test a pregnant person to determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable before performing an abortion. In testing for a detectable heartbeat, the physician would be required to perform an abdominal ultrasound. If a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician would be prohibited from performing the abortion.

A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy—two weeks after a person’s first missed period—and well before many people even realize that they are pregnant.

A violation of this provision would be considered a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $3,000.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SF 869.

Identical to HF 2101/SF 2245.

Identical to HF 4524/SF 4109, which failed to pass in 2018.

Latest Action

1/22/19 – Introduced; referred to Health and Human Services Policy Committee.