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HB 1609 (2022)

Add fatal fetal anomaly exceptions to ban on abortion after 24 weeks, revise ultrasound requirement

Summary:

Revises the law banning abortions after 24 weeks gestation to include exceptions for rape, incest, and fatal fetal anomalies. This bill also repeals the requirement to conduct an obstetric ultrasound before every abortion. Lastly, this bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to compile and publish an annual report of statistics relative to abortions after 24 weeks.

The House rewrote the bill. The new bill amends the ultrasound requirement so that an ultrasound is only required if there is a "substantial risk" that the fetus has a gestational age of 24 weeks. The rewritten bill also adds an exception to the ban on abortion after 24 weeks if there are "fetal abnormalities incompatible with life."

Bill Became Law?:
Yes
Status Detail:
Signed by Governor
Bill Sponsor:

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