Mississippi Heartbeat Ban (SB 2807)
This law was last updated on Oct 6, 2014
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:
- 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
- Has undertaken an examination for the presence of a heartbeat in the fetus utilizing standard medical practice; and
- The examination does not reveal a heartbeat; or
- 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:
- An abortion performed to save the life of the mother;
- A pregnancy that results from rape or incest; or
- A “medical emergency.”
“Medical emergency” means a condition when an abortion is necessary:
- 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
- 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.