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Heartbeat bill sent to House floor

The ‘heartbeat bill’ took another step forward at the Capitol.

A bill to prohibit an abortion in Mississippi as soon as a fetus has a detectable heartbeat passed through the Senate earlier in the legislative session, and now, it has been sent to the House floor after it passed through the House Public Health & Human Services Committee yesterday.

A heartbeat can typically be detected six weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

The House also passed their own version of the bill earlier in the session, but it has not yet passed out a Senate committee.

If enacted into the law, it would become one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, and Governor Bryant has stated that he would sign the bill.

A 15-week abortion ban was passed and signed last year, but the law was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in a decision that the state is appealing.

House members won’t be discussing the bill this week as they are in recess until Monday at 4 p.m.

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