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Mississippi Heartbeat Ban (HB 1509)

This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 1509


Failed to Pass


Jan 15, 2018


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Forced Ultrasound, Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

HB 1509 would prohibit a person from performing an abortion on a pregnant patient if a fetal heartbeat has been detected, except in the case of a medical emergency.

Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The bill would require a person who intends to perform an abortion on a pregnant patient to first determine if there is the presence of a fetal heartbeat. A person who fails to first determine if a heartbeat is detected would be subject to disciplinary action.

If a fetal heartbeat is detected, no later than 24 hours before the performance of the intended abortion, both of the following would apply:

  • The person intending to perform the abortion would need to inform the pregnant patient in writing that a fetal heartbeat exists and the statistical probability of bringing the “unborn human individual” to term based on the gestational age;
  • The pregnant patient would need to sign a form acknowledging that they have received the information and is aware of the probability of carrying to term.

The bill would prohibit a person from knowingly performing an abortion on a pregnant patient carrying a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, unless it was necessary to prevent the death of a pregnant patient or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant patient.

Related Legislation

Similar to  HB 226, HB 1481, SB 2058, and SB 2143.

Similar to HB 1198SB 2562, SB 2584, all of which failed to pass in 2017.

Similar to SB 2807 (2014) and HB 6 (2013), both of which failed to pass.


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