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Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2014

Rep Mary Sue McClurkin leads Alabama’s abortion restrictions including a ban when fetal heartbeat is heard

Technically four bills on abortion are being discussed in Alabama, including details that would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected.

The other proposals included a longer waiting period, an increase from 24 to 48 hours, and required documentation from parents giving consent (i.e. birth certificate or adoption papers.)

Critics and supporters of the bills say these measures would eliminate most abortions, a move similar to the bills in North Dakota which are currently being challenged in court.

The four bill involves mandatory notification of perinatal hospice services to all women in response to the potential risk of lethal fetal anomalies.

The ACLU’s associate advocacy and policy council, Hayley Smith, told ThinkProgress that Alabama’s current assault on reproductive rights is moving at “an alarmingly fast pace.” And that assault includes one of the harshest abortion bans in the nation, which they nickname the “heartbeat bill.”

Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, a Republican, is targeted in the article as the “most ardently anti-abortion state lawmaker in Alabama, has a long history of pushing policies to undermine reproductive health.”

Representatives are scheduled to take the bills up Tuesday afternoon.

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