H.R. 3130 (112th): Heartbeat Informed Consent Act

Oct 06, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Michele Bachmann
Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district
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Last Updated
Oct 06, 2011
12 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3805 (Related)
Ultrasound Informed Consent Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 23, 2012


This bill was introduced on October 6, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Oct 06, 2011
Referred to Committee Oct 06, 2011
Full Title

To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and an opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.


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48 cosponsors (47R, 1D) (show)

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Heartbeat Informed Consent Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require abortion providers to perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman, display the ultrasound images so that the she may view them, and provide a medical description of the ultrasound images of the unborn child's cardiac activity, if present and viewable. Requires the ultrasound to be performed before the woman gives informed consent for an abortion.
Requires an abortion provider to make the embryonic or fetal heartbeat audible for the pregnant woman to hear prior to the woman giving informed consent to an abortion if the pregnancy is at least eight weeks after fertilization.
Exempts an abortion provider if the abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself. Requires a certification in such cases.
Subjects an abortion provider who knowingly or recklessly fails to comply with this Act to civil penalties and notification of the appropriate state medical licensing authority. Gives standing to file a civil action for violations of this Act to the Attorney General or a woman upon whom an abortion has been performed in violation of this Act or the parent or legal guardian of such a woman if she is an unemancipated minor.

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