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Heartbeat Bills an Important Pro-Life Priority in 2020

With the new year already in full swing, state legislatures across the country are now reconvening. And in many state capitals, pro-life bills are already on the legislative docket. Last year saw a flurry of states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio, pass pro-life heartbeat bills banning abortion from the moment a heartbeat can be detected via ultrasound.

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Heartbeat Bills Are Gaining Momentum

With a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, several states this year have seized on the opportunity to advance pro-life legislation aiming to overturn Roe v. Wade. One type of pro-life legislation in particular is increasingly gaining momentum on the state level—heartbeat bills which ban abortion from the moment an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected.

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PRI Review (v29, n1) January/February

Trump’s New Rules Protect Consciences 1 Heartbeat Laws Gaining Strength 2 Letters to PRI 3 Bring Benedict Option to Life 4 Kenya Stops Abortion 6 “I Didn’t Know Any of This” 8 Latin American Families Shrinking 9 Your Pro-Life Resolution 10 PRI in the News 11 From the Countries 12

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Ohio Legislature Passes Heartbeat Bill

The Ohio state legislature has passed a bill that would ban all abortion after a baby’s heart is detected. State lawmakers in South Carolina and Kentucky have also announced plans to introduce similar bills in their respective states in January 2019.

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Federal Heartbeat Bill Gains Momentum in the White House

Vice President Mike Pence has voiced support for a House bill that would protect unborn life from the moment a heartbeat can be detected. The Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 490) would require physicians to test for a baby’s heartbeat before attempting an abortion. The bill would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion if a heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can often be detected as early as 6-7 weeks gestation via ultrasound. …

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