MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers are mulling a stringent abortion ban that would forbid the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The House Health Committee on Tuesday held a public hearing on the bill.
Shelby County Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin says just as the lives of people with a heartbeat are protected, so should the unborn.
Opponents call the proposal unconstitutional. They say it's an attempt to get a test case before the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes of striking a blow against legalized abortion.
North Dakota and Arkansas approved similar bans in 2013. Federal judges put both bills on hold while legal challenges play out in court.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.