Fetal heartbeat abortion restriction introduced in state Senate

Jun 6, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some Republicans in the state Senate have introduced bills that would drastically limit when a woman can get an abortion.

The bills would prevent an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s usually at around six to eight weeks of gestation. There would be an exception where the life of the mother is at stake.

Republican Senator Ed McBroom is a bill sponsor. He says he’s been thinking about tying heartbeats to abortion for a long time.

“But then seeing a lot of other states pursuing it and doing it, it seemed like the time was right to push forward with that. And continue to try to highlight the sanctity of every human life,” he says.

A similar bill has been introduced in the state House. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said that she would veto bills that add restrictions to abortion access.

But a group has started a ballot initiative. That could make the measure law without Whitmer’s signature.