Republicans Are Considering a Bill to Ban Abortion After Six Weeks 

Republicans Are Considering a Bill to Ban Abortion After Six Weeks 

Another attack on women's reproductive rights.

Another attack on women's reproductive rights.

Text: Sadie Bell

On Wednesday, Nov. 1 a committee of Republicans considered a bill that would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected around six weeks of pregnancy - continuing the GOP's attack on women's reproductive rights.

The bill known as the "Heartbeat Protection Act" written by republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa deems performing an abortion "without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat" or "after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat" a federal crime, putting physicians in prison for a five years or forced to pay a fine. If passed, the bill would have the potential to go all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn 1973's ruling in Roe v. Wade - and considering the fact that President Donald Trump will appoint a new, most likely conservative Supreme Court justice, the reversal of the 1973 court case is extremely daunting.

While this is theoretically possible, it is unlikely that the bill would pass in both the House and Senate, and many conservative movements to limit abortions have failed in the past.

Many opponents of the recent bill claim it further perpetuates the GOP's want to control women's health and reproductive rights, as a heartbeat is typically detected around six weeks before women even know they are pregnant. Even more so, the bill sees exemptions solely for women with "physical" health concerns, not "psychological or emotional," including no limitations for victims of rape or incest.

At this time, there is no given date as to when the bill will be voted on.

Credits: courtesy of @womensmarch

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