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‘Fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill filed in House

A House Republican filed a proposal Thursday that would block physicians from performing abortions if fetal heartbeats have been detected.

Pensacola Rep. Mike Hill filed the measure (HB 235) for consideration during the legislative session that starts March 5.

The proposal would lead to third-degree felony charges for any “person who knowingly or purposefully performs or induces an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human whose fetal heartbeat has been detected,” though it would include limited exceptions in situations such as when a woman’s life is in danger.

So-called “fetal heartbeat” legislation has drawn heavy debate in other states and, in some cases, has led to legal battles about whether it violates abortion rights.

For example, Iowa lawmakers last spring passed a fetal-heartbeat bill, and a judge heard arguments in December about its constitutionality, according to numerous news reports.

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  1. Dan Schilling

    January 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    All non-Christians must be exterminated now. God created America for us only. The blood of non-believers must flow like rivers to wash away the sins of communist socialist liberalism, atheism, following false religions and homosexuality. Kenyan muslim communist homosexual obama must be killed now. Praise jesus!

  2. Dan Schilling

    January 10, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Women are subhuman vermin created by God Almighty to serve men and have babies. I’m 100% pro-life. Any woman that has an abortion must be killed. Praise Jesus!

  3. Rita Girard

    January 10, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Those red nails in the picture are distracting! Calm down Dan Schilling! The only people being killed here are unborn human babies!!

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