An AP report from Tuesday coming out of Des Moines, Iowa shows that state Republicans are backing legislation that is intended to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The news has stirred controversy among Democrats as they have proposed to stage an all-nighter in filibuster form to halt an initial procedural vote.
A GOP-led House committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday to add the provision to an abortion bill. The provision could ban abortions as early as six weeks in a pregnancy. It would be the strictest ban in the U.S. and would face legal challenges.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a similar measure late last year. In January 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court rulings overturning North Dakota’s so-called fetal heartbeat law.
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