SB 992 Modifies provisions regarding medical emergencies
Sponsor: Scott
LR Number: 3460S.03I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 2/7/2006 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S181
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Emergency clause

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SB 992 - Under this act, definitions for "department" and "medical emergency" were added in the chapter regulating abortions.

This act also modifies certain penalties relating to abortion. Currently, there are penalties for any person who knowingly performs or aids in the performance of any abortion. This act includes penalties for those persons who knowingly induce or aid in the inducing of an abortion.

This act also provides for a medical emergency defense for violations of any abortion provision. Medical emergency is defined as a condition which, on the basis of a physician's good-faith clinical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert the death of the pregnant woman or for which delay will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.

This act has an emergency clause.