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Kentucky lawmakers advance fetal heartbeat abortion bill

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 11:40:47-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After hearing the beating heart of a fetus, Kentucky lawmakers advanced a bill to ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Before a Senate committee approved the bill Thursday, a woman came forward and allowed the audience to hear her unborn son's heartbeat through an electronic monitor.

The woman, April Lanham, is a constituent of Sen. Matt Castlen, the bill's lead sponsor. Lanham said afterward she came forward because her unborn baby's heartbeat would be a "powerful noise" for lawmakers to hear before the vote.

Kentucky is among several states with pending bills to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

ACLU executive Kate Miller told lawmakers Kentucky's bill would be challenged in court if it becomes law.