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:
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.