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‘Heartbeat’ bill fails during final hours of state legislative sessioncomment (0)

April 10, 2014

A House-passed bill that would have banned abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected failed to pass its final hurdle in the Alabama Legislature.

On the last day of the Legislature’s 2014 session April 3, the Senate decided not to take up the fetal heartbeat bill — House Bill 490 — with Senate leaders saying they wanted to wait until court cases on similar laws in other states were decided, according to an Associated Press report. 

A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six to seven weeks into a pregnancy, and the bill would have both required doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat and would have banned an abortion if a fetal heartbeat was detected. It contained an exemption to save the life of the mother.

The bill was passed by the House on March 4 and was approved by the Senate Health Committee on April 1.

Bill sponsor Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, said she was “crushed and saddened” when the Senate did not bring the legislation to a vote.

“We were hoping there would be less babies killed by having this legislation as the law,” she said. “I pray that we will realize the value of life and work to protect God’s creation.”  


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