Iowa congressman Steve King introduced the Heartbeat Protection Act which would ban abortion after 6 weeks. According to the bill, it would be a crime for a physician to "knowingly perform an abortion... without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat" first.
King cited the Carter administration, which defined life as starting at conception. “With the passage of time, the human organism grows from a single cell to a fully developed adult. Life begins when a male sperm unites with a female egg. The new life created from this union starts as a single cell,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wrote during the Carter administration.
Reproductive rights advocates are outraged by the bill. Banning abortion at 6 weeks would essentially ban abortion entirely, considering most women don't even know they're pregnant at 6 weeks.
The ACLU issued a strong statement condemning the latest move by House Republicans as both "unconstitutional" and morally wrong.
The attacks on reproductive rights just keep coming. Today, Congress held a hearing on a bill that would outlaw abortion as early as just six weeks of pregnancy. This amounts to an effective ban on abortion, as many women do not even know if they are pregnant by that time.
It’s not surprising that anti-choice activists feel emboldened by Donald Trump’s presidency to attack women’s health and rights — no matter if the bills they are pushing don’t stand a chance in court.