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Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Restriction Introduced In Michigan State Senate

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New measures would ban abortions after a doctor detects a fetus’s heartbeat.  Michigan Public Radio’s 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.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the 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. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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