Mississippi Heartbeat Abortion Ban (HB 529)
This law was last updated on Feb 27, 2019
HB 529 would prohibit physicians from performing or inducing an abortion without first making a determination by using an abdominal ultrasound imaging procedure if the fetus has a detectable fetal heartbeat.
The bill defines fetal heartbeat to mean “the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac.”
If a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician would be prohibited from performing or inducing an 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 physician who knowingly performs or induces an abortion without first making a determination, or who knowingly performs or induces or attempts to perform or induce an abortion after determining the presence of a fetal heartbeat, would be guilty of felony. Such a conviction would be punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and/or a fine of up to $25,000.00. The physician would also be subject to disciplinary action.
The requirements of this bill would not apply in the case of a medical emergency where the pregnant person’s life is threatened.
1/15/19 – Introduced; referred to Judiciary A Committee.
2/5/19 – Died in committee.