Republicans File ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban — as Early as 6 Weeks
Hours after Texas Republican lawmakers finalized some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country Thursday, a bill to ban abortions as early as six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, was filed.
State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, filed House Bill 59, which would ban abortions “if it has been determined … that the unborn child has a detectable heartbeat.”
North Dakota is the only other state to pass ‘fetal heartbeat’ legislation, and it is being challenged as unconstitutional in court.
A call to King’s office after hours was not answered.
Gov. Rick Perry signed a package of abortion restrictions earlier Thursday, calling it a “celebratory day.” The law bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, requires doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles, forces abortion clinics to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers, and regulates how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs.