State Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortion Once Heartbeat Can Be Detected

An Oklahoma Senate committee on Monday passed a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat or brainwaves are detected.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services passed Senate Bill 1859 in a 7-4 vote.

The bill, authored by Sen. Paul Scott, would amend language in the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act that currently requires an abortion provider to inform a woman who is at least eight weeks pregnant that it may be possible to make the fetal heartbeat audible.

The measure would amend the language to cover women who are six weeks pregnant instead of eight weeks pregnant, and it would prohibit abortions after the heartbeat is audible. The bill would also broaden the law to include fetal brain waves, requiring the provider to verify the presence or absence of fetal brain waves and prohibiting abortions if brain waves are detected, according to the bill summary.

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