Abortion Restrictions Face The State House
The House health committee approved a series of abortion restrictions that opponents say would ban most abortions in the state. The committee this morning approved three separate pieces of legislation, including one that would prohibit abortion providers from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Bill sponsor Terri Collins of Decatur, says the end of a person's life is defined by the absence of a heartbeat. A statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama says the legislation would limit women's access to a constitutionally protected medical procedure. Another bill would allow health care providers to decline to participate in any procedure that violates their conscience. A third bill would ban abortion clinics or reproductive health centers from locating within 2,000 feet of a public school.