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New Jersey Protection of Fetuses from ‘Dismemberment Abortion’ Act (A 4471)

This law was last updated on Apr 22, 2016


State

New Jersey

Number

A 4471

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jun 1, 2015

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Dilation and Evacuation Bans

Full Bill Text

www.njleg.state.nj.us

A 4471 would prohibit a person from performing, or attempting to perform, a “dismemberment abortion” unless a medical emergency exists as follows: (1) the “dismemberment abortion” is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or (2) a continuation of the pregnancy will cause a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.

No medical emergency exists if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman will engage in conduct which would result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

The bill provides that no woman nor anyone acting under the direction of a physician (nurse, technician, secretary, receptionist or other employee or agent) is liable for performing or attempting to perform a “dismemberment abortion.”

The bill provides for civil and criminal penalties.

This law targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is frequently used during second-trimester abortions. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an abortion using suction aspiration can be performed up to 14 weeks’ gestation, but after 14 weeks the D and E procedure must be used to perform an abortion. As such, dilation and evacuation bans, depending upon their language, may ban all surgical abortion past 14 weeks’ gestation. (Source.)


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