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Arizona Senate proposal would ban nearly all abortions

Abortion Arizona
Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 19:01:07-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A proposal in the Arizona Senate would effectively ban most abortions by making it a felony for a physician to perform the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The amendment proposed by Republican Sen. Sine Kerr of Buckeye to an unrelated bill is set for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

A fetal heartbeat can often be detected as early as six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.

Abortion rights groups called Kerr's proposal an unconstutional infringment to a women's right to choose.