Florida House Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions on Babies With Beating Hearts

Micaiah Bilger

A Florida House committee advanced heartbeat legislation Thursday that could save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year.

The Pregnancy and Parenting Support Act (House Bill 7) passed the state House Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee in a 13-5 party line vote, and pro-life leaders expressed optimism about it becoming law, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The legislation would protect unborn babies by banning most abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions would be allowed for rape, incest and cases when the mother's life is at risk or to avert "serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment."

"It's a bill that recognizes the importance and the value of the life of innocent unborn human beings," said state Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, the lead sponsor, according to the report.

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