February 28, 2018 10:45 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have approved a bill that would ban most abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 30-20 Wednesday along party lines in support of the so-called heartbeat bill. The chamber's lone independent lawmaker also voted for the legislation.
A heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation would only allow abortions at a later period to save a pregnant woman's life.
Leaders in the GOP-majority House haven't said publicly if they will support the bill. GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds also hasn't given a definitive answer on the legislation.
If the measure becomes law, it likely faces litigation by opponents who argue it violates U.S. Supreme Court rulings that affirm women have a legal right to abortion.
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Updated: February 28, 2018 10:45 PM
Created: February 28, 2018 09:47 PM
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