Minnesota Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HF 4524)
This law was last updated on Sep 6, 2018
HF 4524 would prohibit the performance of an abortion from the time a fetus has a detectable heartbeat, except in the case of a medical emergency.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy—two weeks after a woman’s first missed period—and well before many women even realize that they are pregnant.
Except in the case of a medical emergency, the bill would require a physician to first 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.
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.
Companion bill to SF 4109.