(AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed banning abortion if doctors detect a fetal heartbeat, a move that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks.
Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway on Monday filed legislation that would require doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. Rapert's proposal would ban abortions if doctors detect a heartbeat.
The bill includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Similar proposals have come up in other states, but have faced complaints that it would violate the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
Rapert's measure is sponsored by 19 of the Senate's 35 members.