A west view of the Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, as seen from Dexter Avenue. Via Wikimedia Commons.

A group of Alabama lawmakers introduced a Texas-style heartbeat bill Tuesday to protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable.

Life News reports:

AL.com reports the Alabama Heartbeat Act, state House Bill 23, basically mirrors the Texas law, which has been in effect since Sept. 1.

The legislation would ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, as well as any abortion performed without first checking for a heartbeat. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies.

“A fetal heartbeat has become a key medical predictor that an unborn child will reach live birth,” the bill states. “This state has compelling interests from the outset of a woman’s pregnancy in protecting the health of the woman and the life of the unborn child.”

Like the Texas law, the Alabama bill also includes a private cause of action that allows individuals to sue abortionists who abort unborn babies and those who aid and abet in abortions in violation of the law.

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