Longtime Abortion Foe To Testify On 'Heartbeat' Bill


UPDATED: Thursday March 10, 2011 12:39 PM

State lawmakers will hear from a pioneer of the modern anti-abortion movement as hearings continue on a bill that would outlaw abortions after the first detectable heartbeat.
     
Cincinnati physician Jack Willke is a founder and former president of the National Right to Life Committee. He's scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Health Committee, which is considering the so-called "heartbeat bill."

If passed, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in America, affecting pregnancies as early as the six-week mark, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported.

Faith2Action, the anti-abortion group behind the legislation, describes another Wednesday witness as a woman who survived an abortion her mother sought in 1977.
     
During a hearing last week, Faith2Action gave ultrasounds to two women early in their pregnancies, so lawmakers could see and hear the fetal hearts.

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