Proposed Bill in Florida Would Ban Abortions If Heartbeat Present

Rep. Mike Hill of Florida has presented a bill that would make abortions illegal in the state if there is a fetal heartbeat present.

Hill said he is proposing the bill “because it will save lives. It will save the unborn babies.”

The bill would make doctors look for a “detectable fetal heartbeat”, inform the patient about the heartbeat and have them review the examination with the patient before performing an abortion.

Fetal heartbeats are usually present around the sixth week of pregnancy. The average woman finds out she’s pregnant around the four to seven week mark says the American Pregnancy Association.

“It is definitely the most extreme proposal we’ve ever entertained in Florida and among the most extreme in the United States,” Amy Weintraub of Progress Florida said.