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.