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Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Restriction Introduced In State Senate

Michigan Senate
Reginald Hardwick

New measures would ban abortions after a doctor detects a fetus’s heartbeat. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports bills were introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.

A fetal heartbeat is usually detected at around 6 to 8 weeks. Currently, a woman can get an abortion up to around 24 weeks of gestation.

It’s one of a handful of bills introduced so far this session aimed at limiting access to abortion. And Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said that she would veto anti-choice bills that hit her desk.

Republican Senator Ed McBroom is a bill sponsor. He says he hopes Whitmer would change her mind.

“This is another attempt to validate the value of every human life.”

The bills would make it a felony for a physician to administer an abortion after a heartbeat has been detected. There is an exception if there is an emergency that puts the life of the mother is at risk.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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