2019 House Bill 4320

Ban “dismemberment abortion”

Introduced in the House

March 12, 2019

Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-32)

To include “dismemberment abortion,” otherwise known as "dilation and evacuation" or D and E, in the acts specified in the state’s ban against late-term “partial birth” abortions. The bill defines this as deliberately and intentionally using an instrument to “dismember a living fetus by disarticulating limbs or decapitating the head from the fetal torso and removing the dismembered fetal body parts from the uterus.” Unless it is to save the life of the mother, providers who perform the procedure would be liable to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine; a woman who seeks or obtains an abortion would have no criminal or civil liability.

Referred to the Committee on Families, Children and Seniors

May 1, 2019

Reported without amendment

Refer to the Committee on Judiciary.

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary

May 7, 2019

Reported without amendment

Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

May 14, 2019

Passed in the House 58 to 51 (details)

Received in the Senate

May 16, 2019

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety