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Mississippi Heartbeat Ban (SB 2807)

This law was last updated on Oct 6, 2014




SB 2807


Failed to Pass


Jan 20, 2014


Bill Authors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Heartbeat Bans

Full Bill Text

SB 2807 would have prohibited a person from performing of an abortion on a pregnant woman if a fetal heartbeat has been detected and the fetus is twelve weeks or greater gestation.

The law states that a person would not have violated this provision if the person:

  1. Performs a medical procedure designed to or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant woman or in reasonable medical judgment to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or
  2. Has undertaken an examination for the presence of a heartbeat in the fetus utilizing standard medical practice; and
  3. The examination does not reveal a heartbeat; or
  4. Has been informed by a medical professional who has undertaken the examination for fetal heartbeat that the examination did not reveal a fetal heartbeat.

The law also states that the law would not have applied to:

  1. An abortion performed to save the life of the mother;
  2. A pregnancy that results from rape or incest; or
  3. A “medical emergency.”

“Medical emergency” means a condition when an abortion is necessary:

  1. To preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman; or
  2. Due to the existence of a highly lethal fetal disorder as defined by the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.

This bill would not have subjected the pregnant woman to any criminal prosecution or civil penalty; or prohibited the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a measure, drug, or chemical designed for contraceptive purposes.

A violation of this provision would have lead to the revocation of the physician’s medical license.


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