Mississippi Women’s Health Protection and Fetal Heartbeat Act (HB 226)
This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2018
HB 226 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.
Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
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.