On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee passed the Heartbeat Bill in a 15-10 vote. The bill would ban abortions on babies after a heartbeat is detected in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to Life News:
Sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, and more than 50 other lawmakers, the bill would require abortionists to check for a heartbeat and prohibit the abortion if the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. Typically, an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected around six weeks of pregnancy.
“This will save so many lives,” Borowicz told lawmakers prior to the vote. “It is now our time to have our voices heard and turn the table on the killing of 61 million babies’ lives, [including] 31,000 babies’ lives lost every year in Pennsylvania. … This is a fight we will win, and I’m honored to stand and fight for those that can’t speak for themselves.”
The Pennsylvania legislature is controlled by Republicans, and some Democrat state lawmakers are pro-life. However, Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed every pro-life bill that has reached his desk. Wolf is a pro-abortion Democrat who used to volunteer at Planned Parenthood.
The bill comes as the United States Supreme Court is poised to consider a Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks, which could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States in 1973.