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No Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat: Alabama’s New Proposed Law

Wed, March 5, 2014 11:48am EDT by Lauren Cox 3 Comments
Alabama Abortion Law

On Tuesday, March 4, Alabama lawmakers approved a bill proposing the toughest abortion law in the country — making abortions after  fetal heartbeat can be heard illegal.

Alabama has voted on a new law banning women from having abortions after a fetal heartbeat is heard. Now it’s up to the U.S. Senate to decide whether or not the law is passed.

Alabama Proposes New Abortion Law

When a bill was introduced proposing an abortion law that would make it illegal for a woman to have the procedure done once a fetal heartbeat can be heard, the bill was passed by a landslide vote of 73-29.

A fetal heartbeat can be heard as early as five or six weeks, which means that pregnant women would not be allowed to make the decision after just one month of pregnancy.

Republican state Representative Mary Sue McClurkin sponsors the law, and during the hearing declared: “If your heart is beating, that means you are alive.”

Similar laws have previously been proposed in the states of North Dakota and Arkansas, but were ultimately blocked by the senate.

Abortion Law Includes Extending 24 Hour Wait Period

The proposed law also includes extending the wait period after a woman decides to get an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours. This includes if a pregnant woman learns that her baby is suffering a lethal condition that will not allow it to survive out of the womb. In those cases, pregnant women will be legally obliged to research their perinatal hospice options — even though Alabama does not currently have any.

“This is a cruel bill,” Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, told the New York Daily News.

Tell us, HollyMoms — Do you think Alabama’s new abortion law is too extreme? Let us know your thoughts below.

— Lauren Cox

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