2014 Senate Bill 1156

Authorize enhanced penalties for abortion coercion

Introduced in the Senate

Dec. 4, 2014

Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R-33)

To authorize enhanced penalties for threatening or committing a “stalking” or assaultive crime with the intent to coerce a pregnant female to have an abortion, or taking other coercive actions with that goal. The bill authorizes additional fines of $5,000 to $10,000 on top of penalties imposed for the underlying crimes.

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary

Dec. 10, 2014

Amendment offered

To clarify the definition of "coercion" by referencing another statute.

The amendment passed by voice vote

Dec. 11, 2014

Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-18)

To authorize the same penalties for coercing a woman to continue a pregnancy against her will.

The amendment failed 12 to 25 (details)

Passed in the Senate 26 to 11 (details)

Received in the House

Dec. 11, 2014

Referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice