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Bill Would Ban Abortion Once Heartbeat Is Detected

Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 16:22:16-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Performing an abortion in Kentucky would be illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detectable under legislation pre-filed by Rep. Robert Goforth, R-East Bernstadt.

Under the legislation, abortion providers would be required to check for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion.  If a heartbeat is detected, it would be a Class D felony to perform an abortion absent a medical emergency.

Providers would be required to document the reason if they decide a medical emergency exists.

A fetal heartbeat may be detectable as early as five-and-a-half to six weeks after gestation, according to

The fetal heartbeat bill will be considered in the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session, which begins on Jan. 8. A similar bill has passed both houses of the Ohio Legislature and is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Kasich.