Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Restriction Introduced In Michigan State Senate

Jun 6, 2019

Michigan Senate Chamber
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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 studio@wemu.org