Kentucky Senate passes fetal heartbeat bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The Republican-led chamber’s 31-6 vote on Thursday came a few hours after the measure cleared a committee. The bill now goes to the state House, which is also run by Republicans.

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Kentucky is among several states where lawmakers are considering fetal heartbeat bills. Conservative legislatures are pushing increasingly strict anti-abortion laws in an effort to trigger a legal challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion.

The bill’s opponents in Kentucky predicted that enactment of the fetal heartbeat measure would result in a certain legal challenge.

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