Seven abortion-related bills were introduced during the 2013 Legislature.
A list of the bills and the progress they have made as of Friday:
- Senate Bill 2302: Creates a Right To Life Act. SB2302 also bans abortions except in the case of saving a woman’s life in the event of a medical emergency. It also bars the use of chemicals for abortions. SB2302 failed on the Senate floor Feb. 7 by a 29-18 vote.
- Senate Bill 2303: Defines a human being as a person at all stages of development. Would allow an abortion in the event of a medical emergency that could endanger a woman’s life. SB2303 passed the Senate by a 25-22 vote. An amendment calling for the expansion of Medicaid for pregnant mothers was added to SB2303 and the bill was returned to the Appropriations Committee. The committee returned the bill to the full Senate without a recommendation and it’s on Monday’s floor schedule.
- Senate Bill 2305: Limits abortions and requires any physician performing an abortion must be licensed in the state and requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. SB2305 passed the Senate Feb. 7 by a 30-17 vote.
- Senate Bill 2368: Bans abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization except to prevent the death of the mother or prevent serious medical complications. Physicians who perform an abortion after 20 weeks could face a Class C felony and fines. An amendment was approved by the Senate Friday. The amended bill was later moved to Monday’s floor agenda.
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 4009: Would declare an inalienable right to life at all stages of development. SCR4009 also calls for a 2014 primary election vote to have language affirming the right be put in the state Constitution. SCR4009 passed the Senate Feb. 7 by a 26-21 vote.
- House Bill 1305: Would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion based specifically on gender or on genetic abnormalities. HB1305 passed the House on Feb. 8 by a 64-27 vote.
- House Bill 1456: Would require physicians to check for a heartbeat before performing an abortion and bar physicians from conducting one if a heartbeat is detected. HB1456 passed the House on Feb. 8 by a 63-28 vote.