Federal - HR 490

Heartbeat Protection Act

Introduced

January 12, 2017

Description

"Any physician who knowingly performs an abortion and thereby kills a human fetus—“(1) without determining, according to standard medical practice, whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat; “(2) without informing the mother of the results of that determination; or “(3) after determining, according to standard medical practice, that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both."

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Bill text and progress

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing “The Heartbeat Bill,” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart:

 “Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” said King. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.

My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.

America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life.

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 173

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  • July 25, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Sessions, (R-Texas)
  • July 18, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cloud, (R-Texas)
  • May 24, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Lesko, (R-Ariz.)
  • April 26, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Newhouse, (R-Wash.)
  • Nov. 1, 2017 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice.

  • Oct. 10, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kinzinger, (R-Ill.)
  • Sept. 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gianforte, (R-Mont.)
  • Sept. 14, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Peterson, (D-Minn.)
  • Sept. 13, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bucshon, (R-Ind.)
  • Sept. 12, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Simpson, (R-Idaho)
  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Woodall, (R-Ga.)
  • Sept. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)
  • July 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Turner, (R-Ohio)
  • July 27, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Latta, (R-Ohio)
  • July 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gallagher, (R-Wis.)
  • July 20, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Estes, (R-Kan.)Kustoff, (R-Tenn.)Lucas, (R-Okla.)
  • July 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Barr, (R-Ky.)Bost, (R-Ill.)Womack, (R-Ark.)
  • July 17, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    McHenry, (R-N.C.)Yoder, (R-Kan.)
  • July 14, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Collins, D. (R-Ga.)Schweikert, (R-Ariz.)
    Guthrie, (R-Ky.)Young, David (R-Iowa)
  • July 13, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Blum, (R-Iowa)Mullin, (R-Okla.)Rice, T. (R-S.C.)
  • July 12, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Bergman, (R-Mich.)Noem, (R-S.D.)Smith, J. (R-Mo.)
    Dunn, (R-Fla.)Norman, (R-S.C.)
    Fleischmann, (R-Tenn.)Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
  • July 11, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    McKinley, (R-W.Va.)Rooney, F. (R-Fla.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Brady, K. (R-Texas)DesJarlais, (R-Tenn.)Rothfus, (R-Pa.)
    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Rooney, T. (R-Fla.)
  • June 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Brooks, M. (R-Ala.)Graves, T. (R-Ga.)Walker, (R-N.C.)
    Gowdy, (R-S.C.)Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)
  • June 27, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 14

    Amash, (R-Mich.)Graves, G. (R-La.)Shuster, (R-Pa.)
    Bishop, M. (R-Mich.)Holding, (R-N.C.)Smucker, (R-Pa.)
    Comer, (R-Ky.)McCaul, (R-Texas)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Olson, (R-Texas)Williams, (R-Texas)
    Fortenberry, (R-Neb.)Rutherford, (R-Fla.)
  • June 26, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Marchant, (R-Texas)
    Higgins, C. (R-La.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
  • June 23, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Culberson, (R-Texas)Rohrabacher, (R-Calif.)
    Duncan, John (R-Tenn.)Scott, A. (R-Ga.)
  • June 22, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Arrington, (R-Texas)Huizenga, (R-Mich.)
    Flores, (R-Texas)LaHood, (R-Ill.)
  • June 20, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Cole, (R-Okla.)Long, (R-Mo.)Thornberry, (R-Texas)
  • June 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Johnson, S. (R-Texas)
  • June 15, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Murphy, T. (R-Pa.)
  • June 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Harris, A. (R-Md.)
  • June 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Banks, (R-Ind.)Ratcliffe, (R-Texas)
    Conaway, (R-Texas)Wenstrup, (R-Ohio)
  • May 26, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Duffy, (R-Wis.)
  • May 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Aderholt, R. (R-Ala.)
  • May 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Barton, (R-Texas)Roby, (R-Ala.)Tenney, (R-N.Y.)
  • May 23, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Allen, (R-Ga.)Pearce, (R-N.M.)Rogers, M. (R-Ala.)
    Graves, S. (R-Mo.)Roe, (R-Tenn.)
  • May 22, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Crawford, (R-Ark.)
  • May 19, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Budd, (R-N.C.)Kelly, T. (R-Miss.)
    Ferguson, (R-Ga.)Marino, (R-Pa.)
  • May 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Hultgren, (R-Ill.)Westerman, (R-Ark.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Valadao, (R-Calif.)
  • May 17, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Bilirakis, (R-Fla.)Massie, (R-Ky.)Shimkus, (R-Ill.)
    Hunter, (R-Calif.)Moolenaar, (R-Mich.)
  • May 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Hensarling, (R-Texas)Mitchell, (R-Mich.)Renacci, (R-Ohio)
  • May 11, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Carter, E.L. (R-Ga.)Carter, J. (R-Texas)Rouzer, (R-N.C.)
  • May 8, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Brat, (R-Va.)Gaetz, (R-Fla.)
    Burgess, (R-Texas)Love, (R-Utah)
  • May 4, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)LaMalfa, (R-Calif.)Weber, (R-Texas)
    Blackburn, M. (R-Tenn.)Poe, (R-Texas)
    Hartzler, (R-Mo.)Roskam, (R-Ill.)
  • May 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Emmer, (R-Minn.)Hudson, (R-N.C.)Yoho, (R-Fla.)
    Grothman, (R-Wis.)Mast, (R-Fla.)
    Hice, (R-Ga.)Palmer, (R-Ala.)
  • April 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)Ross, (R-Fla.)
  • April 26, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Webster, (R-Fla.)
  • April 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Lamborn, (R-Colo.)
  • April 8, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Harper, (R-Miss.)Mooney, (R-W.Va.)
  • April 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Abraham, (R-La.)Luetkemeyer, (R-Mo.)
    Labrador, (R-Idaho)Smith, Adrian (R-Neb.)
  • April 5, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Johnson, M. (R-La.)Wittman, (R-Va.)
    Jordan, (R-Ohio)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
  • April 4, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Buck, (R-Colo.)Kelly, M. (R-Pa.)Smith, L. (R-Texas)
  • March 30, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Wagner, (R-Mo.)
  • March 29, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Farenthold, (R-Texas)
  • March 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Wilson, J. (R-S.C.)
  • March 17, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Gibbs, (R-Ohio)Jones, (R-N.C.)
  • March 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Chabot, (R-Ohio)
  • March 15, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Meadows, (R-N.C.)
  • March 1, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Davidson, (R-Ohio)
  • Feb. 28, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Biggs, (R-Ariz.)
  • Feb. 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)
  • Feb. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Bridenstine, (R-Okla.)Marshall, (R-Kan.)
  • Feb. 1, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Babin, (R-Texas)
  • Jan. 27, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Loudermilk, (R-Ga.)
  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Bacon, (R-Neb.)Garrett, (R-Va.)Gohmert, (R-Texas)
  • Jan. 23, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Perry, (R-Pa.)Pittenger, (R-N.C.)Russell, (R-Okla.)
  • Jan. 12, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Franks, T. (R-Ariz.)
  • Jan. 12, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Judiciary.Congressional Record p. H470

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