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Texas House advances fetal heartbeat bill

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban doctors from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.


According to NBC-affiliate KXAN, Senate bill 8 passed the Texas House on Thursday with an 83 to 64 vote after previously passing the initial vote of 81 to 63 on Wednesday. The bill also permits anyone to sue a doctor who performs abortions after that point, or anyone who assisted in the process.

“When a beating heart represents a life within a womb, we have a duty to protect that innocent unborn life,” Republican Rep. Shelby Slawson said on the House floor Wednesday.

Slawson also shared that her mother refused to have an abortion at the suggestion of a doctor who told her that Slawson would not develop normally.

“Now 44 years and two days later, that little baby girl is standing in this chamber. Her heart beating as strongly and as rapidly as it did all those years ago. As she lays out before you Senate Bill 8,” Rep. Slawson said.


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