Summary

                            To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Introduced in House
Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a physician to
knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a
detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3)
after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. 

It provides an exception for an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a
mother whose life is endangered by a physical (but not psychological or
emotional) disorder, illness, or condition. 

A physician who performs a prohibited abortion is subject to criminal
penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. 

A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating
or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

    Feb 6th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

    Feb 6th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

    Jan 12th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 12th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 12th, 2017