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Published On: Sun, Oct 29th, 2017

Congressional hearings set for Wednesday for Steve King’s Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

The US House of Representatives will hold a hearing in the Judiciary Committee Wednesday for H.R.490 – Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 that was introduced by Iowa Representative Steve King earlier this year.

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The bill is summarized as follows:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3) after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat.

It provides an exception for an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical (but not psychological or emotional) disorder, illness, or condition.

A physician who performs a prohibited abortion is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.

Only 3 weeks and 1 day after fertilization – the heart begins to beat. By 4 weeks, the heart typically beats between 105 and 121 times per minute.

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