'Life Is Winning': At Least 10 States Pushing Heartbeat Bills

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Posted: Feb 19, 2019 7:30 AM
'Life Is Winning': At Least 10 States Pushing Heartbeat Bills

Source: Clay Chandler/Mississippi's Governor's Office via AP

While some progressive states are pushing extreme abortion laws fearing that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, other states are moving in the opposite direction. Heartbeat bills are picking up steam in at least 10 states, FoxNews.com reports. 

Last week, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he looked forward to signing a heartbeat bill that state legislators passed it Wednesday. 

Kentucky followed suit on Thursday, while state legislators in Texas are also looking to advance a similar measure soon.  

As both sides of the abortion debate are preparing for the possibility -- however remote -- of Roe v. Wade being overturned, at least 10 states are currently considering or have passed "heartbeat bills," which prohibit an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks of gestation or as late as 12 weeks. […]

Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississipi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia are among the states that have either passed "heartbeat" legislation or are hoping to do so. This comes as states like New York, New Mexico, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, among other Democratic-leaning states, are supporting bills that allow abortion up to the moment of birth. (FoxNews.com)

Similar measures have not withstood court challenges in the past, however, so it's unclear whether these efforts will be any different.